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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:01 PM
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Salon: "A brand-new day: Obama does more good in first 8 hours on the job than Bush did in 8 years"
A brand-new day



President Obama and Michelle Obama shake hands with Sosa, left, and Beverly Ezeokoli of Brooklyn, N.Y., Wednesday as the Obamas greet members of the public on a White House tour. (Reuters/Larry Downing)

With energy, intelligence and a commitment to transparency, Obama does more good in his first eight hours on the job than Bush did in eight years

By Joan Walsh

http://www.salon.com/opinion/walsh/politics/2009/01/21/... /

In his inaugural address Tuesday, Barack Obama identified "a sapping of confidence across our land" as one of many worrisome symptoms of American crisis. On Wednesday he moved remarkably quickly to restore national confidence in a dizzying day of action on symbols and substance, all of it pretty much pitch-perfect.

By noon on his first day in office, Obama had called the leaders of Israel, Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority to talk about next steps for peace; asked Defense Secretary Robert Gates to halt Guantnamo trials and circulated a draft executive order to close the prison within the year; and attended a prayer service that included the first-ever sermon by a woman minister and the prayers of a Muslim imam.

In the afternoon he signed two executive orders and three presidential memoranda, tightening ethics rules for his staff, strengthening the Freedom of Information Act and giving the public greater access to presidential records. "Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency," he said as he signed the documents. Then he watched Vice President Joe Biden swear in his senior staff, and stayed to shake hands or embrace every one of them. After that he met with senior economic advisors and top military staff to discuss plans for the economy and Iraq; later, he hosted an open house for the American people, a new symbol of his commitment to access and transparency.

Watching Obama with his senior staff, I was impressed by the diversity of this talented collection of people, particularly the number of African-Americans. Our nation's racial history has meant that all of us have been diminished by our failure to tap the country's entire talent pool, not just white talent. Those days won't fully be behind us until we do something about the scandal of poverty, which consigns too many Americans of every race to our civic margins but today was a good start.




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gmoney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:16 PM
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1. The public tours will be branded by the RW as Obama turning the WH into Party Central
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 06:16 PM by gmoney
just watch...

But it all sounds pretty good so far.
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:27 PM
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8. The RW is irrelevant. They just need now to lie down.
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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:47 PM
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14. Amen to that...
...here's the primary difference between "President" Bush and

President Obama.



EVERY day that President Obama shows up for work, he will be on the job.

Barack Obama worked for this, he earned it, and I do believe that he understands what is expected of him. Yeah, he'll take time off. It's called "do that or go crazy." But he won't break Junior's record for number of days spent relaxin' at the Pig Farm.

I don't believe that President Obama will meet expectations.

I believe he will EXCEED them.

:patriot:

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InAbLuEsTaTe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:25 PM
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2. Not a bad day. Keep it up.
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:58 PM
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3. It's a beautiful day! Morning in America after 28 excruciatingly long years. nt
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Johnny Noshoes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:07 PM
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6. Isn't it GRAND...
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 07:10 PM by Johnny Noshoes
Yesterday at the office I did a whole lot of work and it seemed like nothing at all. The whole day the whole office felt like the best Christmas and birthday rolled into one. OH YEAH! :toast: :bounce: Hell I even bet $3 on a Mega Millions ticket and won the $3 back :-)
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:25 PM
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7. I had a lot more energy than usual today too, isn't that interesting?
Sell your stock in prozac and zantac pharms everybody!
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Tennessee Gal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:00 PM
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4. What a feeling!
Ladies and Gentlemen, I think we finally have a President who knows that he is there to be honest, open, and committed to the betterment of the lives of the citizens of this country!


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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:03 PM
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5. That's right..good of them to put it
that way! Like Obama says .."at times there'll be setbacks and false starts" but we have a Prez who wants to work hard and help us all now.

The difference is like Orwell and reality.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:37 PM
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JeffR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:40 PM
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10. Enlighten us all, then.
What's the subterfuge we're missing?

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Akoto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:40 PM
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11. Oh boy, and only two posts. I'll bite.
Fall for what, exactly?
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JeffR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:41 PM
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12. Don't hold your breath. I doubt there'll be much enlightment
from this one.

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Christian30 Donating Member (341 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:44 PM
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13. What is there
to "fall for"? I've been skeptical of Obama, particularly around FISA and the Warren dustup, but seeing the new whitehouse.gov with its extensive agenda for fixing this country, including full civil rights, and reading of his first day is a balm for my soul.
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 10:53 AM
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15. LOL! Ain't that the truth..
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