Also, Obama and 81 other senators opposed an amendment in 2005 to strike the infamous $231 million “Bridge to Nowhere” earmark for Alaska and redirect that funding to help with rebuilding New Orleans.
The Senate rarely backs efforts to strike another member’s pet projects.
That second paragraph is interesting. Whether or not it’s customary to vote against another member’s pet projects is irrelevant. Even if it’s considered rude, Obama can easily be accused of playing typical Washington politics.