You really cannot teach an old dog new tricks.
The President has reportedly signed an Executive Order directing a National ID system--something the Supreme Court had already struck down as a violation of privacy a long time ago. What is more, the President refused to wait for Congress which is deliberating on an Anti-Terrorism Bill which would also contain provisions for a National ID system.
To mix metaphors, the National ID system is a big, fat, fastball waiting to be hit out of the park. Can't wait.