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Posted on Nov 9, 2008
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For all the talk of checks and balances, the president has sweeping powers. Barack Obama is expected to demonstrate that by quickly reversing as many as 200 of President Bush’s executive orders after taking the oath of office Jan. 20. The president-elect has reportedly had scores of advisers working on the matter for months.

Washington Post via MSNBC:

A team of four dozen advisers, working for months in virtual solitude, set out to identify regulatory and policy changes Obama could implement soon after his inauguration. The team is now consulting with liberal advocacy groups, Capitol Hill staffers and potential agency chiefs to prioritize those they regard as the most onerous or ideologically offensive, said a top transition official who was not permitted to speak on the record about the inner workings of the transition.

In some instances, Obama would be quickly delivering on promises he made during his two-year campaign, while in others he would be embracing Clinton-era policies upended by President Bush during his eight years in office.

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By alterid, November 11, 2008 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment
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Works fine, here, and now….’-)

cyberspace, folks, remember?...cyberspace…

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By Someone Important, November 10, 2008 at 1:32 pm Link to this comment
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if you was watching the news at 12:21 west coast time you would have heard the reporter welcome back the audience he says….“We welcome you black..Oooh i mean we welcome you back”....! what is that all about…?

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By Sue Cook, November 10, 2008 at 11:29 am Link to this comment

Obama’s site, “” is already down and out.
“under construction”.  Must be he wants to continue to downplay his very high expectations of his promised policies that he had listed there as he did during his acceptance speech when professing “promises” might not happen even “during a 1st term.” (hint hint.)

Unfortunatley for him, he is going to be scrutinized on every little move he makes.

The press should lay-off somewhat and wait for him to get there first.  Then we’ll see.

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By LaVerne L. Oliver, November 10, 2008 at 9:28 am Link to this comment
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I try to fathom the shame Bush must feel at this juncture, given the state of the union, but it is unfathomable to me.

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By GW=MCHammered, November 10, 2008 at 9:09 am Link to this comment
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Time to put down the Red-with-blood, lilly-livered White-striped, Blue-blood celebrity-ceo pom-poms and end the profane hemorrhaging brought by narrow-minded egomaniacals then do the apparently unpopular work of smartly building a thinking and prosperous nation. Godspeed Team Obama.

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By Jennifer, November 10, 2008 at 8:16 am Link to this comment
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Tomorrow’s headline will be : “Obama takes first **** on White House toilet”

I’m already sick of hearing about every mundane thing he does.

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By tmdcedar, November 10, 2008 at 8:07 am Link to this comment
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In the spirit of fairness and bipartisanship as promoted by Democrats and President-Elect Obama, Senator McCain should share the presidency with BHObama…it is only fair that the power should be spread with the runners up.  It would be the American way of keeping balance and justice by allowing the Republicans equal representation in the congress and senate and state houses across the country.  After all, it’s not fair that those who lost the election should be punished for the failed policies of governing in the past.

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By Maani, November 9, 2008 at 10:04 pm Link to this comment


From your mouth to Obama’s ear!  LOL.  He built his campaign on the slogan, “hope.”  So let’s “hope” he really lives up to his rhetoric.  I am cautiously optimistic!


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By samosamo, November 9, 2008 at 9:06 pm Link to this comment

This is the post to handle this comment.

And here is what congress is up to, our democrat led congress that is ‘supposed’ to do so much for the people. Actually this a comment from another post at this site:

By samosamo, November 8 at 5:47 pm #

I don’t know if this is a post to comment here about this, but since the election on Tuesday the democrats have shown nothing but neocon BS to the people. Now the democrats want the bailout to help the american auto industry, not the people who traitor pelosi demanded to be helped and not have to pay for any of the bailout in her ‘acting’ speech to vote down the first bailout vote. So, here fresh from a lot of you people’s least favorite msm site, msnbc, is the blue dogs(republicans in democrat clothes) wanting to ‘aid’ not just the financial sector that played a BIG hand in bring us the current financial crisis but now include the failing american auto industry for their complicity in this economic failure the WE the taxpayer is going to pay for out of OUR pockets. And they want it done before w & dick are out of office, IF they decide to give it up on 1.20.2009.
Here’s the link:

Expect more of the same shit and an even closer political and corporate coziness for THEIR benefits. Just the thing I thought that by electing someone other than a republican as president or congressional rep. or sen. would end but NO, it shit still gets deeper.

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By samosamo, November 9, 2008 at 9:04 pm Link to this comment

For what it is worth, good for obama if he reverses w & dick’s distastrous decisions to subvert the democracy of our republic then hopefully obama will be so kind as to have the w & dick cabal arrested for their crimes. This goes with Maani’s comment in another post at this site where he states that going back to 9-11 and investigate the attack to answer questions and mysteries that would begin to bring a sense of truth to what has happened in and to our country from January 20, 2000 to present.
But again to obama and including congress, there needs to be a whole heap of economic accountability of the financial sector that has subverted and ignored all laws that should have prevented the GRAND LARCENY of our economy for the benefit of a few at the expense of the people. Good for obama if he does what will help the country and not a bunch of free loading robber barrons. And here is a definite article found at msnbc that is the classic of what we the people DO NOT WANT:

This is our corporations already dictating to obama how he will run the country for their benefit. Even threatens that is will stiffle growth and job creation. I mean, WHAT GROWTH? And WHAT JOBS? We are allowing congress to placate the corporations and especially the ones responsible for the economic debacle they created to be rewarded by their irresponsible and criminal actions to screw our economy up to where will the growth come from and where will it go? How asinine? How hypocritical! And the jobs have been long gone. Guess the most meaningful employment now is flipping burgers at macdonald’s or greeting people at wal-mart, yeah, that will be the ‘good’ jobs for us serfs for our lords.

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By cyrena, November 9, 2008 at 9:03 pm Link to this comment

I’m absolutely delighted by this!! (as any self-respecting scholar of Law & Society should be);)


My interpretation is that the ‘review’ of the Dick Bush regime Executive Orders most certainly INCLUDES those multiple signing statements.(From, an academic view, they are sometimes recognized as being the same thing).

A suggestion from a colleague many months ago was that ALL Executive Orders and ALL of the signing statements should be widely publicized, (though it’s unknown how many Americans would really care or be interested…obviously the crowd here is, but I can’t speak for all) just so that US Citizens can know what the hell has been going on behind the curtain for however long. (my colleague wants to go back at least a few decades on these Signing Statements, since they are NOT recorded in the same way as Executive Orders. (In fact, the term ‘secret’ seems to apply to signing statements, despite how undemocratic and unconstitutional that is).

So, I think it’s all gonna come out, and I’m tickled pink about it. wink

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By JimM, November 9, 2008 at 8:56 pm Link to this comment

Bush needs to be arrested by the International Criminal Court and tried and convicted for war crimes at the Hague.
Now the filthy little sob is trying to gut remaining environmental regulation just when we need them most because of the likes of him.
Thank God for Barack and I fervently hope Bush’s cowardly, criminal ass burns in hell forever.

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By GrammaConcept, November 9, 2008 at 5:34 pm Link to this comment

TO:........ yours truly, November 9 at 2:08 pm

Thank You.

Yours Truly,

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By Maani, November 9, 2008 at 5:03 pm Link to this comment

So Obama will review Bush’s executive orders (good), but may issue some of his own (?).  This begs a question: what about Bush’s signing statements, and the riders he added to bills that helped eviscerate existing Constitutional protections, freedoms and civil liberties and/or centralize power in the executive branch?

The Times Magazine has an excellent cover article on this truly critical issue:

And there is also this, from the political blog called MB-Civic:


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By yours truly, November 9, 2008 at 3:08 pm Link to this comment
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Time For Us To Emphasize The Positive, Downgrade The Negative And Act Like The Winners That We Are

“With what’s positive referring to?”

“Change that we deserve.”

“And what’s negative?”

“Our insisting that Obama won’t deliver on his campaign promises and that nothings’s going to change.”

“But will he make good on his promise of change?”

“For sure.”

“Based on?”

“Yes we can.”

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By hippy pam, November 9, 2008 at 1:49 pm Link to this comment

President Obama has a site…….And I think Obama should negate MOST of bullsh*ts executive orders….After All….What good ideas could come from a cheer leader????

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