obama first week
Great symbolism, tackled a lot of important issues (Guantanamo, financial institution reform, etc.) in a more-or-less right direction, the change in style (more energy, less confrontational) is certainly most welcome. Still very concerned that the stimulus bill is all over the place: he seems to want to do the right thing, but hard to resist the impression that Congress is using him for its own ends. Their strategy seems to be, we all love change, but change turns out to be whatever we wanted to do before anyway. No idea where he is headed on foreign policy, and not sure he has one, either. New presidents always say the domestic issues will come first, but they don't always wind up having that luxury.
Is it me or are the Republicans still in a time warp? I saw Mitch McConnell talking about the need for new tax cuts, we need to put more money in people's pockets and let them decide what to do with it, he looked like a leftover from the Reagan era that they forgot to take off the invitation list. We (they) had better get some younger, more up-to-date spokespersons or it's going to be a long four years.