Views from a changing city and farther afield
I have nothing to add to the commentaries about yesterday, but I couldn't let it go unrecorded here. A great moment in history.
The history of America is being rewritten as millions of black Americans suddenly get a validation they've been seeking for centuries. And so far, it looks like Obama is hitting the ground running - day one and he's already ending the festering sore of Guantanamo.
Nick: "...day one and he's already ending the festering sore of Guantanamo."Great, but now where are we going to torture our prisoners? I mean, did Obama even care about that before he issued his order?
Good question. I'm sure he's well aware of all the torture. So is he going to take the logical step and forbid the torture of any prisoner (and enforce it)? We shall see.
The answer appears to be yes:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/22/obama-to-close-cia-black_n_159950.html
I agree with you. Day three and he lifted the ban on US funding of clinics which provide abortion, pre and post abortion care and support overseas. Vatican went nuts over it. I am very happy.I actually love him.
He is doing what he said he would do. Other politicians will never get over the shock. Have been looking at yet more inauguration photos on TV this morning - the world feels very different all of a sudden.
Obama at present is riding high. However what will his fan club have to say when he comes knocking on European doors looking for more troops in Afghanistan. The adulation will prove hollow. People will profess to admire him but not stand up to the plate and support him on an issue that matters. France and Germany in particular. That will see the Euro-US divide strengthen not weaken in that case.
Paul - hi, well let's see, shall we? If Obama presents his foreign policy as: Iraq, orderly withdrawal; Iran, talk; and Afganistan, force if necessary because that's where the threat actually is, then other countries might be receptive to that.
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