Saturday, January 24, 2009

Obama acting quickly, confidently

If anyone thought the Obama administration might get off to a slow start due to the youth and relative inexperience of the president, they thought wrong.

In a little more than 100 hours since taking office, President Barack Obama has saturated Washington with new executive orders and introduced legislation.

Many thought that the cerebral Obama, who often had trouble with rapid-fire questioning during candidate debates, might act much more methodically once in office. But quite to the contrary the administration has moved very decisively and confidently on a wide range of issues.

Of course, Obama has many experienced folk on his team with many having served during the Clinton administration, so really it is just about Obama giving the go signal in many cases.

Hillary Clinton, for example, has made quite a splash at the State Department where there is reportedly a lot of enthusiasm among diplomats and staff eager for a new direction in foreign policy.

President Barack Obama on Saturday laid out more pieces of an economic plan he says would add 3,000 miles of electrical lines, increase security at 90 ports and double the United States' renewable energy capacity within three years. (Jan. 24)

How Obama set the tone for a new US revolution - 54 minutes ago
Within days of his inauguration, Barack Obama had established a unique presidential style, displaying the charm of Reagan and the ruthlessness of Roosevelt as he introduced a blizzard of new legislation.

Reader's view: Obama brings hope for economy to heal, war to endDuluth News Tribune

Obama’s first, confident steps
Financial Times - 43 minutes ago
President Barack Obama has made a good, confident start. He quickly signed orders closing Guantánamo Bay, ending the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of secret prisons, and requiring interrogators to abide by the relatively “non-coercive” methods laid ...
France floats EU plan on Guantanamo - report Reuters

1 comment:

Maria said...

Interesting blog and coverage of the campaign.

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