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Breaking News: U.S. President Acts in Best Interest of the People, First Time in Decades

Posted Jan 24 2009 5:12pm
Unraveling the mess that bumbling buffoon Bush left behind is likely keeping President Obama up at night and giving him ulcers. In his first week - really only three days - of presidency, Obama has done more good for the world than Bush managed to do in eight years.

Who's the maverick now, bitches?

- He issued executive orders putting an end to some of the worst Bush administration policies of the last eight years dealing with detention of terrorism suspects. Obama ordered the closure of the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay within a year and the halting of its military commissions; the end of the use of torture; the shuttering of secret prisons around the world; and a review of the detention of the only U.S. resident being held indefinitely as a so-called “enemy combatant” on American soil. -

- He has struck down a rule Friday that prohibits U.S. money from funding international family-planning clinics that promote abortion or provide counseling or referrals about abortion services, saying, "It is time we end the politicization of this issue. In the coming weeks, my administration will initiate a fresh conversation on family planning, working to find areas of common ground to best meet the needs of women and families at home and around the world." Population Action International agreed: "Women's health has been severely impacted by the cutoff of assistance. PresidentObama's actions will help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, abortions and women dying from high-risk pregnancies because they don't have access to family planning." Obama's goal is to reach out to all sides to reduce unintended pregnancies. -

- He was able to save the gray wolf from being removed from the Endangered Species Act and block a pair of new air-quality rules, including one that would prevent the regulation of greenhouse-gas emissions from oil refineries. He has appointed Steven Chu, the Nobel Prize–winning physicist and head of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as the new Secretary of Energy, as well as other officials who take the threat of climate change seriously and value the independent opinion of scientists. -

- He called in top military advisers and pushed them for a faster timetable for withdrawing combat troops from Iraq. He has also appointed a special envoy for the Middle East, veteran mediator and former Senator George Mitchell, who will visit the region as soon as possible. Mitchell will try to ensure that an informal cease-fire between Israel and the Islamist movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip becomes durable and sustainable. Former United Nations’ ambassador Richard Holbrooke has been asked to serve in a similar capacity to Afghanistan. -

- He launched a drive to get an $825 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan through Congress. Some highlights of the proposed plan: double our capacity to generate alternative sources of energy like wind, solar, and biofuels over the next three years; build a new electricity grid that lay down more than 3,000 miles of transmission lines to convey this new energy from coast to coast; computerize the nation’s health records in five years; protect health insurance for more than 8 million Americans; renovate and modernize 10,000 schools, building state-of-the-art classrooms, libraries, and labs; invest more in Pell Grants; triple the number of fellowships in science; repair and modernize thousands of miles of America’s roadways and provide new mass transit options for millions of Americans; secure 90 major ports and create a better communications network for local law enforcement and public safety officials; expand broadband access to millions of Americans. -

- He expanded the Freedom of Information Actto hold accountable himself and former presidents by disclosing documents from their time in power if an appeals board orders it.

- He laid out stringent lobbying limits that will bar any appointees from seeking lobbying jobs while he is president and will ban gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the administration. This order applies to every appointee in every executive agency, barring them from leaving and then lobbying any other executive branch official or senior appointee for the remainder of his administration. The rule also bars new officials from making policy on any matter involving their former employer or clients for a period of two years, or from working at an agency they lobbied within the past two years. -

- He imposed a pay freeze on White House staffearning over $100,000 a year, stating that "during this period of economic emergency families are tightening their belts, and so should Washington." - The Associated Press

No, he can't walk on water. He isn't (at least I don't think so) the long-awaited Messiah. But what he has done is prove thathe values transparency as he says he does and will not indulge in any Bush-post-9/11 secrecy.He has proven that people are more important than politics in his agenda. And he has given us a glimmer of light at the end of the dark tunnel of hatred that spews to the U.S. from nearly every other country in the world.

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