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The First 100 Days
« on: January 21, 2009, 10:49:50 AM »
Which is what it's all about, as far as the media is concerned.  Then Obama can start to vacation in Crawford, TX with Bush every other week.

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Day One: Obama tackles the economy and Iraq war

The Associated Press
Wednesday, January 21, 2009

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama plunged into the task of governing a hurting nation yearning for change, summoning his economic team and military commanders for meetings on Wednesday, one day after claiming his place in history as the first black U.S. president.

The twin crises of the economy and Iraq were expected to take center stage on the new administration's first full working day.

In addition to meeting with his advisers, Obama was welcoming a stream of public visitors into the White House. Meanwhile, Congress was reviewing his economic revival plan and taking up the nominations of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to be secretary of state and Timothy Geithner for treasury secretary.

"Tonight, we celebrate. Tomorrow, the work begins," Obama declared Tuesday night at the Commander in Chief Ball. "Together, I am confident we will write the next great chapter in America's story." The ball was one of 10 official inaugural celebrations that kept him and First Lady Michelle Obama up into the early morning hours.

The Democrats now control both chambers of Congress and the White House for the first time since 1994, providing a chance for the new administration to succeed if he can work in concert effectively with congressional Republicans.

The capstone to four days of inaugural festivities was to take place at the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday, with a national prayer service that is a tradition dating from George Washington's time. Obama and his wife planned to welcome hundreds of members of the public to a White House open house, part of his pledge to make government and those who govern more accessible for the governed.

A meeting with his economic team was planned to assess his approach and plot the way forward. Taking over the White House with 11 million Americans out of work and trillions of dollars in stock market savings lost, Obama said that turning around the economy was his first and greatest priority.

Congress has already given him a second installment of financial industry bailout money, worth $350 billion, and is fast-tracking a massive economic stimulus bill of $825 billion or more. Even those bold measures, on top of hundreds of billions of dollars in other federal spending over recent months, may not be enough to prevent the recession from growing deeper.

"Fortunately we've seen Congress immediately start working on the economic recovery package, getting that passed and putting people back to work," Obama said on ABC News. "That's going to be the thing we'll be most focused on."

The breakdown of confidence in the country's banks, occurring on the same day as his inauguration, gave the matter fresh urgency. Financial stocks, many of them falling by double digit percentages, led a huge drop on Wall Street on Tuesday that left the major indexes down more than 4 percent.

The market's faith in the outgoing Bush administration's $700 billion bailout effort was already waning. Many experts believe Obama's administration will have little choice but to pump more money into the banking sector or create an entity to buy banks' soured assets, like subprime mortgages, so they will start lending again.

The war in Iraq that he has promised to end featured prominently in Obama's first day as well.

According to officials, Obama was to conduct a video teleconference later Wednesday with members of the National Security Council as well as the U.S. military commanders in the two war zones.

Obama has said that he wants U.S. combat troops out of Iraq in 16 months, as long as doing so would not endanger either the Americans left behind for training and terrorism-fighting or the security gains in Iraq. He has said he would use that drawdown to bolster the U.S. presence in Afghanistan, where a resurgent Taliban has been gaining ground.

Summoned to the White House to discuss the way ahead in the wars were Defense Secretary Robert Gates - the lone Republican cabinet holdover from the Bush administration - along with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen; the top military commander in the Middle East, General David Petraeus; and other members of the security council.

Participating from the war front were to be General Ray Odierno, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and General David McKiernan, the top commander in Afghanistan, according to two senior military officers.

While Obama got to work in earnest at the White House, Congress planned to do its part.

A Senate committee was reviewing a huge portion of Obama's economic revival package. The House of Representatives planned a vote on legislation setting conditions on Obama's use of the new infusion of financial bailout money.

Getting the Obama administration fully staffed also was proceeding.

Within hours of Obama assuming the presidency on Tuesday, the Senate approved six members of his cabinet. His choice of Clinton to be secretary of state awaited Senate action Wednesday, because her confirmation was held for a day over Republican concern about the foundation fund-raising of her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Also left unconfirmed was Geithner, the nominee to head the Treasury Department. He faced the Senate Finance Committee, where he was expected to explain his initial failure to pay payroll taxes he owed while working for the International Monetary Fund.

The new president signaled that a flurry of executive actions, studied and prepared during his transition, would come quickly, too.

Among the immediate possibilities was the naming of a Middle East envoy, critical at a time of renewed hostilities between Israelis and the Palestinians; an order closing the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba; prohibiting - in most cases - harsh interrogation techniques for suspected terrorists; overturning the so-called Mexico City policy that forbids U.S. funding for family planning programs that offer abortion; and lifting President George W. Bush's limit on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

Preventative action was already taken on Tuesday. The new White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, ordered all federal agencies to put the brakes on any pending regulations that the Bush administration tried to push through in its waning days.

On the slightly more distant horizon, but part of the immediate workload, was the early February due date for sending the outlines of Obama's first budget request to Capitol Hill and plans for a State of the Union-like speech.
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Re: The First 100 Days
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2009, 11:05:32 AM »
I can almost hear Yotoc screaming...
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Re: The First 100 Days
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2009, 12:24:53 PM »
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Ah, Day One.

Despite all the planning in the world, nothing quite goes exactly the way the Leader of the Free World would like.

That goes for serious, world changing things, like the delays in the confirmation votes for Secretary of State nominee Hillary Clinton and Attorney General nominee Eric Holder. They were put off for different reasons, but each is a frustration for the new administration.

Continues at:
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2009/01/21/on_day_one_glitches_at_the_whi.html?wprss=44

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Re: The First 100 Days
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2009, 02:57:26 PM »
Man, the pictures rolling in of his first day in the Oval Office are great... his desk and everything around him are almost completely bare except for a phone and some paperwork.
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Re: The First 100 Days
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Re: The First 100 Days
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2009, 04:09:04 PM »
He's frozen all the Guantanamo cases:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/21/guantanamo.hearings/index.html

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GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (CNN) -- The presiding judge in the 9/11 terrorism case at the Guantanamo detention facility granted a delay in the case on Wednesday, according to a military official close to the proceedings.

All expected and normal.

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Re: The First 100 Days
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2009, 04:09:57 PM »
sweet.

I hope.
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Re: The First 100 Days
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2009, 08:59:52 PM »
wait, i thought we were supposed to start the combined negro/islamic uprising today!
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Re: The First 100 Days
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2009, 09:02:33 PM »
If you went to work in Northeast DC, like me, then you'd know well that the uprising has occurred. 

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Re: The First 100 Days
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2009, 03:04:33 AM »


That basically sums up the past few months for me.

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Re: The First 100 Days
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2009, 12:22:03 PM »
Man, Obama's approaching light speed.

More at the link:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/21/AR2009012102009.html?hpid=topnews

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Obama Starts Reversing Bush Policies
Guantanamo Order Readied; Lobbying Rules Tightened

By Michael D. Shear
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, January 22, 2009; A01

President Obama moved swiftly yesterday to begin rolling back eight years of his predecessor's policies, ordering tough new ethics rules and preparing to issue an order closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which has been at the center of the debate over the treatment of U.S. prisoners in the battle against terrorism.

Acting to address several promises he made during his campaign, Obama met with top generals about speeding the withdrawal from Iraq and gathered his senior economic advisers as he continued to push for a massive spending bill to create jobs.

He also signed a series of executive orders and directives intended to slow the revolving door between government service and lobbying, and ordered his administration to share information more freely with the public.

Today, he will issue another order calling for the closure of Guantanamo Bay within a year, an immediate case-by-case review of the 245 detainees remaining there, and the application of new rules governing the treatment and interrogation of prisoners, including compliance with international treaties that the Bush administration deemed inapplicable to suspects in terrorism cases.

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Re: The First 100 Days
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2009, 12:51:20 PM »
It's going to be an interesting four years, no?

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Re: The First 100 Days
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2009, 12:55:02 PM »
I don't know, we're about to get tied up in the "Obama left his wallet in his other pants but found it after a couple of minutes" scandal.

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Re: The First 100 Days
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Re: The First 100 Days
« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2009, 01:09:41 PM »
He's ordering Gitmo closed. Yay!