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Wednesday, 21 January 2009

The First Day

Day one of the Obama Presidency and he has hit the ground running.

On his first full day in office, Obama suspended all trials at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay while a thorough investigation is carried out into what goes on there.

He also ordered a pay freeze for senior staff at the White House and tightened the rules on lobbying.

All three acts send out a clear message of the sort of Presidency Obama wants.

Transparent, accountable and law-abiding.

In between meeting with his national security team and his economic advisers, he also telephoned leaders in the Middle East - a clear sign of where President Obama's foreign policy focus will lie in the weeks, months and years ahead. Note, not a single call was made to any European leader as far as we know - interesting, in itself.

The lightning speed with which he suspended all trials at Guantanamo Bay though is particularly important. This action was not just a symbol of change or a sop thrown to liberals like me. It was also a sign that the rule of law will be of the utmost importance to this former lawyer and constitutional teacher.

It is an attempt to start redressing the gross constitutional abuses that have been carried out in the Bush and Cheney years and it sends out a message that this President will not sacrifice liberty and the rule of law for political expediency or security. It was the right thing to do.

So far so good eh?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

indeed. couldn't be better.