Obama’s First Week a Smashing Success

By: Jim Byrd

Obama’s first week in office was a surprising success. But, one man’s success is another man’s failure, when using ideology as the benchmark. An ideology detached from this country’s foundational core is what won this week. Obama won, but The Founding Father’s America lost.

This is what Obama accomplished his first week in office:
• Gives an inauguration speech that is classless and divisive.
• Publicly rebukes George Bush on the White House website in regard to Hurricane Katrina.
• Orders the closing of secret CIA prisons that house terrorists, who incidentally were in the process of attacking America, our allies, or our interests abroad.
• Puts an end to water boarding as a means of saving American lives.
• Dismantles the Mexico City Policy which will restart the sending of U.S. tax dollars abroad to fund the promotion, and pay for the actual procedure of abortion.
• While debating a group of lawmakers in a private meeting about his tax policies, Obama becomes agitated when questioned by Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va about his tax policies, and Cantor is rebuked by Obama with two words, “I won”. He also advises the GOP to stop listening to Rush Limbaugh.
• Rebukes the White House Press Corps for asking him a question.
• After signing an executive order on ethics, including harsh restrictions on lobbyists, and campaigning as an anti-lobbyist, Obama stated the following, “If you are a lobbyist entering my administration, you will not be able to work on matters you lobbied on, or in the agencies you lobbied during the previous two years. ” Obama, before the ink on the executive order is dry, hires a lobbyist, William Lynn, who works for defense contractor Raytheon, as the Deputy Defense Secretary. Obama will now have to waiver his own days old rule.
• With the stroke of a pen, Obama dismantled our national security. The same national security system that has prevented another attack on our soil since 9/11. Obama will close Guantanamo Bay. The fate of these detained terrorists is undetermined. Former terrorists released from Guantanamo have already set a precedent. Set free in 2007, Ali al-Shihri, who was released into the custody of Saudi Arabia, is now gainfully employed as the deputy leader of Al Qaeda in Yemen. Also, according to the Defense Department, 61 former Guantanamo detainees have returned to fight against the U.S.

Perhaps his closing of Guantanamo Bay and the releasing of the terrorists are part of detained terrorists’ Hope and Change. Shihri was released on Bush’s watch, but under what pressure from the left? The answer is unclear in that regard, but that does not change the facts about al-Shihris’, or the other 61 who have returned to their post-release terroristic activities. Guantanamo is brimming with terrorists, and under no circumstances should it be closed down. The terrorists may be moved abroad into another country’s custody. What does that accomplish? We have them, we control them, and anything less is suicidal.

Yes, indeed, Obama had a very successful week. Perhaps next week will be even more successful.

About The Author Jim Byrd:
Jim Byrd's website is A Skewed View.

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