President Obama is in charge. The Democrats are in control of the House and the Senate. And I don’t know what to do with myself. I have been angry for the last eight years. For eight years, I’ve been unable to finish reading anything related to Bush administration policies. I could not read without getting angry. For eight years I was unable to listen to Bush’s news conferences without cringing and getting angry. For eight years I was in total disbelief that Bush was in office and that millions of Americans had actually voted to put him there. That just made me even more depressed. For eight years I couldn’t watch the news without getting angry. I pretty much stopped watching cable news, or any news. The soothing voice of NPR kept me going and kept me informed.
Now the Democrats are in power. And in his first days in the White House, Obama has already made huge progress. Something tells me that President Obama is not going to take nearly as much vacation time as President Bush. He has already started cleaning up the mess left by the Bush administration. And if the first three days are any indication, this is going to be one very productive and busy president.
So what did President Obama do in his first three days?
- Reversed Bush administration’s inhumane rule on U.S. abortion aid, which restricted federal money for international organizations that promote or provide abortions overseas. Which I’m sure led to millions of unsafe abortions endangering women’s lives.
- Issued an order to shut down the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.
- Issued an instruction to government agencies to be more responsive to freedom of information requests (another thing overlooked by the Bush administration in addition to the U.S. Constitution).
- Signed an executive order requiring the closure of CIA’s secret overseas prisons and banning use of torture in interrogations.
- And even found the time to re-take the oath of office, which Chief Justice Roberts — a conservative judge appointed by President Bush — managed to screw up the first time around. Coincidence? I think not!
This is just a fraction of Obama has done in his first three days in the White House. And now I don’t know what to get angry about.