Pres. Obama’s First Full Day in the White House

He’s not letting any grass grow under his feet. Here is some of what he and his staff have done since the end of inaugural festivities yesterday:

  • Took the first step toward closing Guantanamo.
  • Stopped implementation of all last-minute Bush administration regulations pending review by Obama officials.
  • Froze salaries for White House employees who make over $100,000 a year.
  • Announced an Iran policy of direct negotiations with no preconditions, and pledged to “work towards the abolition of nuclear weapons.”
  • Changed “Pres. Bush’s Weekly Radio Address” to “Pres. Barack Obama’s Weekly Video Address.”
  • Scrapped the “jackets required” rule in the White House.

Not a bad day’s work for any day, much less the first.

4 Responses to “Pres. Obama’s First Full Day in the White House”

  1. DrGail says:

    Thanks for condensing this for us Kathy. It sure does put things in perspective.

    This list of first-day accomplishments should be answer enough to anyone who feared he would disappoint the “left” by being so middle-of-the-road and committed more to incremental steps (whether planned that way in the first place or agreed-to as some sort of compromise with the Repubs) than to bold strokes.

    Would that every day of his presidency provide such fine comfort to progressives everywhere.

  2. Kathy says:

    Couldn’t agree more, Gail.

  3. tas says:

    I heard he also passed an orer saying that anyone who works for his administration cannot leave and become a lobbyist while he’s still in office. Any confirmation of this?

    • DrGail says:

      According to a Bloomberg article, he took action to prevent anyone who happens to leave his administration from lobbying through the duration of his term. It doesn’t sound like much, but it could be onerous on someone who leaves after maybe two years and has to wait another 6 years before becoming a lobbyist. He also said that any lobbyist that joins his administration has a two-year waiting period before they can be involved with the issue about which they were lobbying.

      Oh, and he also banned gifts from lobbyists to members of his administration.

      All in all, this is rather weak tea but at least it’s a step in the right direction. More needs to be done to weaken the lobbyists’ stranglehold on our government, but much of that will have to happen in Congress.

      Sparks may fly on this one, however. Harry (“I don’t work for Obama”) Reid has already professed his love for lobbyists and seems to be signaling that he’ll push back at President Obama if he tries to promote genuine lobbying reform.

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