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Obama to reverse Bush executive orders
The Politico ^

Posted on 01/12/2009 4:57:14 PM PST by Sub-Driver

Obama to reverse Bush executive orders By: Ben Smith and Lisa Lerer January 12, 2009 06:15 PM EST

President-elect Barack Obama is expected to move swiftly to reverse executive orders regarding torture of terror suspects, the military prison at Guantanamo Bay and other controversial security policies, sources close to his transition said, in dramatic gestures aimed at reversing President Bush’s accumulation of executive power.

Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) said he’s been informed that President Obama will support his proposed legislation to make public some opinions from the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, which issued some of the Bush Administration's most sweeping claims of executive power. Obama also has promised to limit President Bush's practice of using "signing statements" to amend legislation.

"Every day we get indications that they're serious about reversing the abuses of the Constitution," Feingold, a harsh Bush critic, told Politico. Feingold said Obama's staff told him to expect executive orders rapidly reversing Bush policies on the interrogation and detention of terror suspects, and on keeping the records of past presidents secret. He declined to be more specific.

"I don't know in what order or how fast" Obama’s executive orders could come, he said. "It'll be important that a couple of them be done immediately, and I think they will be, to show there's a strong break from the current policy."

Chris Lu, executive director of Obama’s transition team, told supporters in a conference call earlier this month that Obama’s aides have “started developing executive orders that the pres elect is considering –not only ones the President-elect will sign after January 20, but also ones we will want to repeal."

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 111th; agenda; bhoeo; bhogwot; eo; feingold; gitmo
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1 posted on 01/12/2009 4:57:14 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

“Obama also has promised to limit President Bush’s practice of using “signing statements” to amend legislation”

What a relief. I was worried about Bush doing something after he left office.


2 posted on 01/12/2009 4:59:05 PM PST by TheOgre
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To: Sub-Driver

Until the first terrorist attack and his poll numbers hit single digits...


3 posted on 01/12/2009 4:59:16 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Sub-Driver

Isn’t this SOP for incoming presidents no matter which party they come from?


4 posted on 01/12/2009 5:02:13 PM PST by deport
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To: Sub-Driver
Obama also has promised to limit President Bush's practice of using "signing statements" to amend legislation.

What idiots. A signing statement cannot amend a law. It is merely the president's statement as to his interpretation of the law. A court is perfectly free to consider this interpretation or just ignore it. The statement is essentially meaningless from a legal standpoint.

5 posted on 01/12/2009 5:03:27 PM PST by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: Sub-Driver

RE: military policy “don’t ask, don’t tell”

Now ok to parade drag queens at bases in combat zones and local areas of Iraq and Afghnistan.

signed, obambi.


6 posted on 01/12/2009 5:03:53 PM PST by dynachrome (Barack Hussein Obama yunikku khinaaziir)
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To: 2banana

Every President throws a bone to their most ardent supporters as soon as they get in office. In this case, Jihadi terrorists and their ilk.


7 posted on 01/12/2009 5:05:10 PM PST by Callahan
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To: Sherman Logan
essentially meaningless from a legal standpoint.

That pretty much describes "The One" from my point of view until he provides his PROOF..

8 posted on 01/12/2009 5:07:45 PM PST by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: Sub-Driver

Sounds like Mr. Obamacorn doesn’t approve of “harsh interrogation” of Islamic terrorists. Don’t tell me he isn’t a muzzie.


9 posted on 01/12/2009 5:08:04 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (CIA Director!....So easy, a caveman can do it!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Are Presidential Executive Orders that easily revoked? I thought the coal that Bubba sequestered in Utah was an irrevocable Exec Order....


10 posted on 01/12/2009 5:08:54 PM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: Sub-Driver

Every president has used signing statements.

Not that the facts matter.

As for Gitmo. Let him stand with the terrorists.

Patriot Americans will not stand with him.


11 posted on 01/12/2009 5:09:41 PM PST by Carley
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To: Sherman Logan

“legal standpoint”

Legality is what obamarama declares it to be.


12 posted on 01/12/2009 5:12:00 PM PST by dynachrome (Barack Hussein Obama yunikku khinaaziir)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’m all for the Obamunist reducing his executive power
to the full extent possible. He can even cede is Commander & Chief authority to Bob Gates, and just show up for
photo events and bill signings.


13 posted on 01/12/2009 5:12:08 PM PST by indthkr
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To: Sub-Driver

This is the type stuff they do in Kenya.

In Indonesia, the Junta executes the opposition whenever they finish the coup.

Very similar to what Democrats did during the KKK’s lynching era which ended around 1950, where they lynched as many white opponents of Democrats as they did blacks.


14 posted on 01/12/2009 5:15:40 PM PST by Tarpon (America's first principles, freedom, liberty, market economy and self-reliance will never fail.)
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To: Callahan

Obama , endorsed by Hamas...embraces terrorists....to be expected


15 posted on 01/12/2009 5:16:22 PM PST by JaneNC (I)
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To: Sub-Driver

We are about to be led by a government that believes that terrorists have Constitutional rights but unborn children do not. I pray that Americans will pay attention to the consequences and that an opposition party emerges to contest the results of the last election. Judging by recent emanations from official Republican circles, such a party does not presently exist.


16 posted on 01/12/2009 5:16:47 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (Ronald Reagan had a vision of America. Barack Obama has a vision of Barack Obama.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Those policies have kept us safe for 7 years. If an attack does occur, Zero and the Democrats will own those deer in the headlights look and will be held responsible.
17 posted on 01/12/2009 5:17:17 PM PST by utahson
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To: Sub-Driver
Let's see:

Close Gitmo
Ban offshore oil drilling
Ban new onshore drilling
Ban oil shale harvesting
Ban conversion of coal to oil
Ban new coal power plants
Ban new nuclear power plants
Ban dry cask storage at nukes
Require all new power plants to be solar or wind

P. BO's first hour on the job.

18 posted on 01/12/2009 5:20:23 PM PST by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: utahson; All

Exactly. I’m LIVING for 0bama’s ‘My Little Goat’ moment.

However, President Bush wasn’t stunned as the media portrayed him to be...he was p*ssed. To his bones. But he put the kids first. No need to panic the little ones!

Thanks for protecting us for the past 8 years, Mr. President. Many of us have come to the stark realization that we WILL be on our own if something like 9/11 happens again....if not something even worse. *SIGH*


19 posted on 01/12/2009 5:23:59 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: 2banana
Until the first terrorist attack and his poll numbers hit single digits...

It won't take an attack.

20 posted on 01/12/2009 5:25:15 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, Question everyone else)
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To: Sub-Driver
"here we go........."

indeed.

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21 posted on 01/12/2009 5:26:03 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares (Refusing to kneel before the socialist messiah. 1-20-13 Freedom Day.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Amen. Yes thank you GW. You will be missed. Obama and his administration better hope al Qaeda does not strike here because the democrats will never be trusted with power again.


22 posted on 01/12/2009 5:26:31 PM PST by utahson
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To: SERKIT

Another one of Clinton’s last minute EO’s was lowering the arsenic level in drinking water where compliance would be very expensive if even possible (arsenic is a natural substance in the water supply). City gov’ts. across the nation screamed bloody murder when Bush took office, and he reversed this EO. It was all done to make Bush look bad showing he was against drinking water safety.

That leaves some very disturbing EO’s from Clinton that Bush didn’t reverse, such as the cleanest coal in the world out there in Utah being made part of the UN’s heritage parks and thus off limits for mining (the ChiCom were the benefactors of that one). Also Clinton ensured that our troops wear the UN patch and beret and take orders from UN commanders under a very secret EO. We know about it because of one brave soldier who was court martialed for refusing to follow this order in the Kosovo “conflict” - he said his oath was to defend his country, not the UN - he was hung out to dry. Bush didn’t reverse that one, for obvious reasons - he’s a Globalist, too.


23 posted on 01/12/2009 5:27:28 PM PST by Sioux-san
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To: deport

It’s very common, especially when the opposite party takes over. We just have a healthy fear of what the O-Man will do.


24 posted on 01/12/2009 5:29:11 PM PST by nufsed
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To: Nuc1

You forgot Don’t ask don’t Tell and FOCA which will close many Maternity Wards in Catholic Hospitals...


25 posted on 01/12/2009 5:29:21 PM PST by taildragger (Palin / Mulally 2012)
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To: Sub-Driver
Every day we get indications that they're serious about reversing the abuses of the Constitution," Feingold

The entire f'en RAT party is an violation of the Constitution.

26 posted on 01/12/2009 5:30:11 PM PST by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Many of us have come to the stark realization that we WILL be on our own if something like 9/11 happens again....if not something even worse. *SIGH*

We know for sure that "Man made global climate change" won't be the death of us with the Messiah at the helm.

Of course most of us knew this long ago.

27 posted on 01/12/2009 5:33:06 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, Question everyone else)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

He was also in shock. And he’s a dad himself (of 2 girls who had early problems but I think 99 percent of Dads would be proud to have them) so he knows how to work with kids.


28 posted on 01/12/2009 5:43:30 PM PST by cubsfanconswoman (No more wood for Cubs!)
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To: Sioux-san

Bush should do some EOs this week just to make Obama reverse them but he has too much class.


29 posted on 01/12/2009 5:44:44 PM PST by cubsfanconswoman (No more wood for Cubs!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Which states are lining up to take the Gitmo detainees? Wait till the detainees start to scream about mistreatment when their new situations are nowhere as nice as they were in Gitmo. And if the authorities give in to the detainees then the main line cons will riot.


30 posted on 01/12/2009 5:46:08 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Mail your shoes to CAIR)
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To: 2banana

There’s one thing we’ve been for 7 years that we won’t be with 0bama at the helm -

protected by the entity whose (only) job it is to do so.


31 posted on 01/12/2009 5:47:17 PM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: Names Ash Housewares

Well, maybe they’ll think twice about voting for “the black guy” just because it’s cool to do so.


32 posted on 01/12/2009 5:48:46 PM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: indthkr
My thoughts entirely... I'm really pleased that Joe Biden has admitted that he is not competent to stand in VP Cheney's shoes, and so with any luck, that will minimize the damage that that doddering idiot can do to the country.

Unfortunately, though, a vacuum in executive power will simply give more power to the Communist leadership in the House and Senate, and to America's other enemies...

33 posted on 01/12/2009 6:00:03 PM PST by Zeppo
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To: Sub-Driver

See Isiah 24:1-12

We get the government we deserve.

May God have mercy on us.


34 posted on 01/12/2009 6:07:10 PM PST by markomalley (Extra ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: Sub-Driver

Yep, here comes the Democrats’ witch hunt. The Democrats aren’t worth the effort to defend them.


35 posted on 01/12/2009 6:09:16 PM PST by popdonnelly (Don't lose sight of your conservative principles.)
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To: Sub-Driver

And FOCA..........I want to cry.


36 posted on 01/12/2009 6:15:45 PM PST by diamond6 (Is SIDS preventable? www.Stopsidsnow.com)
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To: Zeppo
give more power to the Communist leadership in the House and Senate, and to America's other enemies...

True, but with any luck, that problem can be corrected in as soon as two years (I have to find a silver lining somewhere, otherwise I'll be popping Anti-Depressants like Tic-Tacs).
37 posted on 01/12/2009 6:21:07 PM PST by indthkr
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To: utahson
Those policies have kept us safe for 7 years. If an attack does occur, Zero and the Democrats will own those deer in the headlights look and will be held responsible.

Our country is about to be treated to the spectacle of this know-nothing, done-nothing yutz stepping in dogshit with every step he takes for the next four years.

I hope we survive.

38 posted on 01/12/2009 6:25:49 PM PST by Octar
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To: Nuc1

You forgot these Obama executive orders:

Stand down all nuclear missiles to launch on impact
Suspend deployment of NMD systems to Poland
Suspend/delay weapons research
Allow China and Russia to see US/NATO military plans
Rapidly pull out of Iraq contrary to promises not to
Allow gays in the military


39 posted on 01/12/2009 6:39:14 PM PST by Thunder90
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To: Sub-Driver
"Stroke of the pen, law of the land, kinda cool"

The return of klintonian rule.

40 posted on 01/12/2009 6:51:13 PM PST by strongbow
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To: Sub-Driver
and other controversial security policies

They won't be so controversial after their repeal leads to several thousand American deaths.....we'll re-open Gitmo just to have a place to put ZeroBama and his merry gang.

41 posted on 01/12/2009 7:09:20 PM PST by Feckless (No Birth Certificate... No Peace)
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To: Carley
I think the concern has been with the number of signing statements.

As of 2007, all presidents combined had issued about 600 signing statements (I'm guessing that means #1 - Washington through #42 - Clinton). President Bush as of less than three-quarters of the way through his two terms, had issued more than 800.

That statistic alone indicates a very strange departure from tradition. More odd, even, when you consider that the President's own party controlled both houses of Congress for a good part of his two terms.

I for one am concerned about a rogue presidency in this day and age, with this cast of characters.

Reference on signing statements: http://www.cdi.org/laws/fleming-presidential-signing-statements-022807.html

42 posted on 01/12/2009 7:29:58 PM PST by Air Force Brat
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To: 2banana

Exactimundo.


43 posted on 01/12/2009 7:43:59 PM PST by Jack Hammer (here)
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To: Sub-Driver

“I was a constitutional law professor, which means unlike the current president, I actually respect the Constitution,”

Oh? Perhaps he could point out the place in the Constitution that allows him to meddle in the economy? Or raise taxes? Or mess with gun rights?


44 posted on 01/12/2009 9:08:10 PM PST by RWB Patriot ("Let 'em learn the hard way, 'cause teaching them is more trouble than they're worth,")
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To: Sub-Driver

How many Bush appointees will he fire? Of course he won’t be criticized for it when he does.


45 posted on 01/12/2009 9:24:36 PM PST by rfreedom4u (Political correctness is a form of censorship!)
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To: Sherman Logan
What idiots. A signing statement cannot amend a law. It is merely the president's statement as to his interpretation of the law. A court is perfectly free to consider this interpretation or just ignore it. The statement is essentially meaningless from a legal standpoint.

EXACTLY. I have cursing, screaming fits when I occasionally take a deep breath and submerge myself into the swamp at DU and they're whining and moaning about Bush subverting the law by his signing statements. Signing statements aren't worth the paper they're (not) written on. God what a bunch of drooling, babbling fools we're forced to tolerate as our countrymen.

46 posted on 01/13/2009 3:58:33 AM PST by Hardastarboard (Why do I find the Toyota "Saved by Zero" ads so ironic?)
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To: Hardastarboard

I think a signing statement is entirely appropriate for a president to issue, although not a constitutional procedure. At least it lets everyone know how the president intends to enforce the law, at least until he’s overruled by a court.

I maybe don’t get quite as upset as you, but the idiocy involved in the misinterpretation of this issue and of the “unitary presidency” is just amazing. :)


47 posted on 01/13/2009 4:06:28 AM PST by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: utahson

If an attack occurs, every stupid asshole that voted for Obama will have blood on his/her hands.


48 posted on 01/13/2009 4:21:47 AM PST by RockinRight (Now it's my turn to have a psychotic, uncontrollable hatred for the President.)
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To: deport
Yea, Presidents always like to feel this power rush on the first couple of days then realize Congress exist and kills their buzz.

Mexico City policy is what I am keeping an eye out for. If history is our guide that will be on Obama’s “what to do on the first day” list. Oh boy, federal funds (Our sweat taken from us) going overseas to fund murder for convenience, got to love the American electorate./s

49 posted on 01/13/2009 4:37:53 AM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: diamond6
FOCA has to be passed by Congress first. Presidents can't create Acts of Congress or Amendments by themselves.

The Mexico City policy that Reagan created (Using existing Acts of Congress through global aid) by EO does regulate federal funding of abortion overseas but not domestically. In order for domestic spending of abortions the Hyde Amendment needs to be wiped out first (Through FOCA).

Contrary to popular belief the President isn't all that powerful without Congressional approval. In fact the President is made to be a impotent creature with the right amount of resistance in Congress or the Supreme Court.

50 posted on 01/13/2009 4:49:31 AM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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