Well, the honeymoon is O-V-E-R. President Obama’s efforts towards bipartisanship seem to be taking a backseat to the old Potomac Two-step. In the first days of the administration, he signaled a bit of deference to the career folks at The Pentagon. He decided to hold over Secretary Robert Gates along with approximately 150 senior paper pushers & policy makers. He issued a strong defense of Israel statement on Day One on the newly revamped (but unimpressive) WhiteHouse.gov website.
Now, just less than three weeks into into his four year term… the hope-n-changey days are gone. Obama’s stimulus went from fluffy to flat faster than a 1967 Shelby Mustang does zero-to-sixty with a new Raush engine. Like California Governor Schwarzenegger, President Obama is learning that being Mr. Post-Partisan is not as easy as it sounded on the campaign trail. At some point… the people on Capitol Hill remind you of Civics 101: Three “Co-equal” Branches of Government.
But… it’s funny to me – that after eight years of the Liberal Left complaining about then-President George W. Bush’s abuse of Executive Power… they looked the other way when Obama did the same thing by reversing or changing Bush’s decisions.
I was among a majority of the American people hoping Obama would see the light after weeks of the Presidential Daily Brief. It reminds me of times past when Democrats tried telling us how their guy was the smartest ever, like Al Gore is a genius. Yeah… except the part where he isn’t. And they told us how John Kerry possessed unparalelled genius with regard to Foreign Policy. Except the part where he didn’t, and no one liked him anyway.
Quite rightly, Democrats learned the lesson and just sold Obama as the nice guy. The smart professor with the nice house in Chicago. Just a happy fella. Just like everyone else. Funny name aside, nothing to worry about. Nothing to see, just vote here and move on.
I voted for John McCain. But I didn’t like it. I disagreed with him and Obama on Guantanamo. Now, I know it was the right decision. He might have closed Gitmo but he wasn’t likely to withdraw charges against a terrorist. And McCain was unlikely to slap the next-of-kin in the face as President Obama did.
From Jake Tapper at ABC News:
As President Obama prepared to order the Department of Defense’s Military Commission to withdraw charges against terrorist suspect Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri on Friday afternoon, the convening authority for the Commission, Susan Crawford, withdrew the charges on her own Thursday night.
The charges were withdrawn without prejudice, meaning they later can be reinstated in a military commission or pursued in a civilian court. Al-Nashiri will remain in custody.
The original plan was for the announcement not to be made until after President Obama meets with the families of victims of terrorist attacks on 9/11 and on the U.S.S. Cole Friday afternoon, where he will assure them that this step was not done to be lenient towards al-Nashiri.
The move is being done to stop the continued prosecution of al-Nashiri in a court system that his administration may ultimately find illegitimate, not for any other reason, sources told ABC News.
Say it ain’t so, say it ain’t so. Make your thoughts known, by voting in the AOL Political Machine’s Hot Seat Poll: Should the terrorism charges against Guantanamo detainees be withdrawn?
originally posted at Heading Right