We now learn the Obama really was indeed “measuring the drapes for the Oval Office” for a long time prior to the election, but not in the way the Republicans told it. The story in the Washington Post, “Obama Positioned to Quickly Reverse Bush Actions”, describes the efforts he made to reverse as many of the executive orders of the soon to be late, unlamented Bush administration as quickly as he could.

A number of cynics believed Obama was just a smooth talker who couldn’t be trusted to make the changes he promised.

How often did we read one or another poster on this website write something to the effect of “I’ll believe it when I see it”?

We now learn from the Washington Post that “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.”

“A list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse White House policies on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive rights and other issues.”

Two crucial point: first, which “other issues” are on the list, and second and most important, what even more important, what atrocious presidential power grabbing executive orders and decisions will the transition team discover once Obama is sworn in?

Does anybody doubt that the worst is yet to be discovered about how Bush secretly used every means at his disposal to create the unitary executive presidency, violate our civil rights, and turn the Constitution into the Constitution.

Here are the executive orders and Bush policies so far revealed which Obama would reverse, as described in the Washington Post article:

  • lift the ban on stem cell reach funding
  • resume funding all international family planning without regard to the policy on abortion
  • allow California to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from automobiles.
  • declare that carbon dioxide emissions are endangering human welfare
  • alter procedures for decision-making on climate issues
  • address the need for improved food and drug regulation
  • I read somewhere that McCain didn’t even have a transition team. I wouldn’t be surprised if Palin had a team of four dozen decorators and stylists preparing for her transition into true divahood.

    The list above barely scratches the surface, but 200 specific reversals that can be enacted almost immediately are nothing to sneeze at.

    The Washington Post writes that a top transition team member told them that they are “now consulting with liberal advocacy groups, Capitol Hill staffers and potential agency chiefs to prioritize those they regard as the most onerous or ideologically offensives.”

    Mike Luckovich
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Nov 5, 2008

    My hunch is that now that he’s president elect and has been briefed on the extent of Bush’s Constitution “legacy”, Barack Obama will give his gang of four dozen a full-speed-ahead to plumb every White House sewer. (Enlarge Mike Luckovich’s cartoon for his insightful take on the task Obama faces.)

    Click HERE to enlarge if you can stand the stench
    from the bowels of the White House.

    President Nixon’s “Plumbers” were criminals.

    Senator McCain and Governor Palin’s everyman hero “Joe the Plumber” is an egotistical and ignorant fraud.

    President-elect Obama has given us “48 Plumbers.”, the equivalent of a SWAT team armed with plungers and toilet snakes.

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