Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama’


that would give Brian Harradine the shits:

President Obama plans to sign an executive order today reversing a Bush-era policy banning federal funding for international groups that promote or perform abortions, according to the Associated Press.

UPDATE, 4:40 pm: The president has signed the executive order.

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you can see the innards of:

US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Wednesday issued the first executive orders of his presidency, focusing on White House ethics and transparency. The Executive Order on Presidential Records [text] grants broader public access to the records of previous presidential administrations, reversing restrictions implemented by former President George W. Bush. The second Executive Order on Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel [text] bans those individuals from accepting gifts from lobbyists and implements so-called “revolving door bans” to restrict personnel movement between related public and private sector jobs within certain time frames.

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Those United States just might become a nation of laws:

President Obama on Thursday signed into effect the Executive Order directing the closing of the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  The final Order, containing his signature, is here.

… a plan for, first, a full-scale review of the case of each of the remaining 245 or so prisoners; second, relocation of the prisoners either to the U.S. or to foreign countries with full release for some, and, third, prosecution of some — though not necessarily in regular civilian courts — for terrorist-related crimes.

In the meantime, the Order indicated, the government would extend full protection under all humane treaties on prisoners’ rights for those still at Guantanamo, indicating an end to any harsh treatment in violation of four aspects of the Geneva Convention.

More on the legal steps being taken from JURIST’s Jaclyn Belczyk.

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Game on:

One of President Barack Obama’s first acts is to order federal agencies to halt all pending regulations until his administration can review them.

The order went out Tuesday afternoon, shortly after Obama was inaugurated president, in a memorandum signed by new White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.

Game on Mk II:

The U.S. moved Tuesday to halt the Guantanamo war crimes trials, filing motions to suspend proceedings for 120 days until President Barack Obama’s administration completes a review of the system for prosecuting suspected terrorists.

The motions, made at the direction of Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, will be considered early Wednesday by the military judges hearing the cases of five men charged in the Sept. 11 attacks and of Canadian Omar Khadr, who is accused of killing an American soldier with a grenade in Afghanistan in 2002.

The Rule of Law – coming soon to a shining beacon of democracy near you.

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Mission Accomplished

The worst Presidency ever is finished, and a guy who appears capable of restoring the rule of law and doing some good has been sworn in.

Full text of the inaugural address is here. It was a solid speech – not the most stirring one Obama has delivered, but appropriate for the occasion and the times. My favourite stanza:

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

Oh, and GRAPES SOURED. Seriously, tim, you stayed up through the night just to tell your monkeys that Al Gore is fat and whine about how unfair it is that Obama is popular?

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President-Elect Barack Obama had asked to have the use of Blair House, the official guest-house of the President, when his family moved to Washington this week so that his girls could start school. Unfortunately, the place had already booked through to 15th January – when it is made available for the incoming President to inhabit until his inauguration.

So who gazumped Obama with the booking of Blair House? The Washington Post looked into it, and now they have received the answer.

John Winston Howard. The guy whose upcoming receipt of the Medal of Freedom was only announced yesterday.

Tony Blair and Alvaro Uribe have opted for alternative accommodation. But I guess Howard wanted to do his best to make sure al Qaeda doesn’t get all its prayers answered.

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Today’s updates on Cabinet appointments:

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Transition begins

The President-Elect has a web site up and running.

Rahm Emanuel has been picked as White House Chief of Staff, allowing everyone to continue talking about West Wing parallels (Emanuel was a source of inspiration for the character of Josh Lyman, who became Matt Santos’s Chief of Staff) – it’s probably time for Joe Biden to get a cardiac check-up.

There’s going to be plenty of speculation about Cabinet appointments until they are actually announced – here’s one list that’s already out there for the foreign policy posts, but as FP notes, most of the rumour comes from people who really don’t know.

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Nate says it’s done

So it’s done. Congratulations, President-Elect.

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What a difference two years and a well-run campaign makes.

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