Archive for January 27, 2009

When I saw this interview the word historic is what came to mind, first and when Obama said:

And my job is to communicate to the American people that the Muslim world is filled with extraordinary people who simply want to live their lives and see their children live better lives. My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy. We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect. But if you look at the track record, as you say, America was not born as a colonial power, and that the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago, there’s no reason why we can’t restore that. And that I think is going to be an important task.

But ultimately, people are going to judge me not by my words but by my actions and my administration’s actions. And I think that what you will see over the next several years is that I’m not going to agree with everything that some Muslim leader may say, or what’s on a television station in the Arab world – but I think that what you’ll see is somebody who is listening, who is respectful, and who is trying to promote the interests not just of the United States, but also ordinary people who right now are suffering from poverty and a lack of opportunity. I want to make sure that I’m speaking to them, as well.

My second thought was we finally have a President, we just had to wait 8 long years to hear him speak.


Senate Republicans have forced a delay of the confirmation vote for President  Obama’s nominee for attorney general, Eric Holder. I have to wonder what their true reasons are? Is the confirmation hold up really because  of  Holder’s, Clinton era role in the pardon of  financier Marc Rich or is it really more about whether Holder’s  justice department  will pursue criminal prosecutions over Bush and Cheney’s admitted use of torture, the treatment of terror detainees or the immeasurable other crimes committed against our Constitution during the Bush administration?  I think the latter reason would be the true winner.

Thus far there have been no clear cut answers. Will Obama’s Adminisration  facilitate  an  investigation  into the  abuses  of power and alleged crimes committed by Bush and Company? Perhaps a hint of what is yet to come can be  found in the words of the incoming Attorney General Eric Holder. 

 Holder said “unequivocally on the first day of his confirmation hearing that waterboarding was torture, and “he vowed to initiate an extensive and immediate “damage assessment” to fix fundamental problems in the Justice Department that he said were caused by the Bush administration.

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