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Obama Watch

Posted in politics, Skepdude by Skepdude on February 6, 2009

This is not a political blog. Nevertheless, I feel that the, so-far deserved, adulation showered on President Obama comes with the consequence of accountability. As such I have decided to deviate a little from the regular content of Skepfeeds to create this Obama Watch list in which I will try to gather links to the President’s actions in two categories (admittedly subjectively sorted by me) Pros and Cons, where Pros means good decisions that resonate with his campaign promises and Cons the ones I don’t like and I think go against what he promised. Please feel free to leave links to news articles in the comments section for me to include. Thanks.

PROS

Obama orders halt to prosecutions in Guantanamo – NYTimes 01/21/09

Obama freezes salaries of White House employees making more than $100K per year and tightens lobbying rules. – NYTimes 01/21/09

Obama retakes the President’s Oath without using a Bible – The Buffalo News 01/21/09

Obama signs order to shut down secret prisons and Guantanamo within 1 year – NYTimes 01/22/09

Freedom of Information Act – Obama Memorandum directs government agencies to “adopt a presumption in favor of disclosure” and transparency.– Whitehouse.gov 01/22/09

Obama introduces “The American Reinvestment and Recovery Plan” – Whitehouse.gov 01/24/09

Executive Order “Ensuring Lawful Interrogation” a.k.a. anti-torture order – Whitehouse.gov 01/22/09

Obama reverses “Mexico City Policy” – Bush’s anti-abortion and anti family planning order through own executive order – Whitehouse.gov 01/23/09

Obama signs fair pay law – Whitehouse.gov – 01/29/09

CONS

Obama expands White House Faith Office – NYTimes 02/05/09

PS: The president has been raking up a bunch of pluses, no? Good going, I hope he keeps this up!

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