So Far, So Good

January 24, 2009

Barack Obama has been president for less than a week, but I am already feeling very good about this presidency. Consider his accomplishments int the first week:

1. An executive order that effectively saves the freedom of information act from the duplicity of the Bush administration. All of the last administration’s non-crucial documents are going to come out unless Bush/Cheney are willing to sue. The idea of Bush suing to keep his dirty laundry from getting out tickles the hell out of me.

2. Closure of Guantanamo Bay/CIA prisons and halting of related trials. There is no reason America can’t behave responsibly toward people who have been unfairly arrested. Obviously, I’m not in favor of releasing people who actually are terrorists, but if you think everyone in Guantanamo fits that description, then you haven’t been paying attention.

3. Torture is illegal again. That Obama even had to take action on this front shows exactly how terrible the last administration was.

4. Signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Act into law. How wonderful that this finally got through. Women now have the right to sue if they find that they have been unfairly paid less than men doing the same jobs for years and years.

5. Removing the Global Gag Rule. Overseas organizations providing medical aid and other assistance to women are now allowed to talk to them about ALL the options that are available.

It’s hard to believe that I live in a country that needed all of this stuff done, but I’m glad we have a president now who’s willing to do it. Not a bad first week.

2 Responses to “So Far, So Good”

  1. Anonymous said

    Amen. Or, to stay away from religious claptrap closers. So. Be. It.

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