Who thinks its a bit odd that Obama passes 5 executive orders in first 3 days?

I ask because this has never happened by his predecessors in history. He’s acting like a king or something but its kinda weird, watch that commy.

Not in order but:
1- Obama barred officials of his administration from lobbying their former colleagues “for as long as I am president.” He barred former lobbyists from working for agencies they had lobbied within the past two years and required them to recuse themselves from issues they had handled during that time.

2- Obama effectively gave pay cuts to roughly 100 top executive branch officials, like the national security adviser, the press secretary and the White House counsel, who earn more than $100,000 a year. “Families are tightening their belts,” Mr. Obama said, “and so should Washington.”

3-The new president reversed a post-9/11 Bush administration policy making it easier for government agencies to deny requests for records under the Freedom of Information Act,

4-repealed a Bush executive order that allowed former presidents or their heirs to claim executive privilege in an effort to keep records secret.

5-shut down the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba

I only find him passing 5 in 3 days odd in a ‘this can’t be right…our president hasn’t gone on a two month vacation yet?’ and a ‘…wait…he’s following through?’ sort or way.

Post Author: mark

15 thoughts on “Who thinks its a bit odd that Obama passes 5 executive orders in first 3 days?

    Pancakes

    (February 6, 2010 - 9:14 am)

    And he has to ask ‘Greg’ if there was anything else in HIS Executive Orders.
    Kinda scary.
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    subwm4bush

    (February 6, 2010 - 9:35 am)

    Not at all. Our president Bush issued many executive orders. Obama is using them to reverse the lawlessness that resulted in secret prisons, GITMO and torture. it is anti-American to call the President of the United States of America a "commy". Show some respect for America and the office of the president.
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    whip

    (February 6, 2010 - 10:18 am)

    he also blocked all of the last 90 days of the bush administrations orders.this included the right to carry in state and national parks.
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    kill_yr_television

    (February 6, 2010 - 10:32 am)

    Looks to me like he planned his work and worked his plan. I suspect that if he had acted at a more deliberate pace, you would have criticized his LACK of expediency.
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    HELP US

    (February 6, 2010 - 11:13 am)

    Better question would be:

    Was Obama signing an executive order without knowing what it meant? He had to ask former Castro lawyer Greg Craig to explain it. Who’s in charge?

    And new president had sign more executives ordersin first 2 days than 9 prevoius Presidents in their first 2 days in Office combined.
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    biancabee

    (February 6, 2010 - 11:34 am)

    It is odd. I think that we are in for it. I’m not against him but I’m questioning a couple things that I’ve read already. It’s my right to question. That’s all. not bashing or anything.
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    Jason S

    (February 6, 2010 - 11:55 am)

    Well, most if not all of them were to overturn executive orders of Bush’s that he campaigned against for the past 2 years.
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    Tim G

    (February 6, 2010 - 12:12 pm)

    He made his voters promises and he’s following through on them. What’s so odd about that? As 180 as quickly as possible from the policies of the last 8 years is a major breath of fresh air that not only is needed to save our country from dispair, but to improve our standing in the world.
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    David L

    (February 6, 2010 - 12:51 pm)

    Sorry but putting an end to Bush’s "we do what we want" and do things to regain the moral high ground we have held dear for decades, is not scary.
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    bombinbrian

    (February 6, 2010 - 1:30 pm)

    Executive orders do not need anyones approval but the B HO MESSIAH. He can carry out alot of his wish list that way.
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    Gardener for God(dmd)

    (February 6, 2010 - 2:16 pm)

    It shouldn’t be surprising. There hasn’t been many transfers of power DURING a war time in the American History, i believe only one other.

    Obama announced that he would get to work day one – so it shouldn’t surprise anyone. That is why he was working with Bush getting briefs daily – to stay up to date on everything.

    It isn’t a bad thing to get to your job right away. I wouldn’t have wanted him to sit around for a couple weeks relaxing when the USA is in the shape it is in – whether I agree with his choices or not. It is best to get moving on things.
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    david b

    (February 6, 2010 - 2:55 pm)

    bush issued 54 in his first year in office.
    Obama has a long way to go to match that.
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    Airey

    (February 6, 2010 - 3:24 pm)

    Not in order but:
    1- Obama barred officials of his administration from lobbying their former colleagues “for as long as I am president.” He barred former lobbyists from working for agencies they had lobbied within the past two years and required them to recuse themselves from issues they had handled during that time.

    2- Obama effectively gave pay cuts to roughly 100 top executive branch officials, like the national security adviser, the press secretary and the White House counsel, who earn more than $100,000 a year. “Families are tightening their belts,” Mr. Obama said, “and so should Washington.”

    3-The new president reversed a post-9/11 Bush administration policy making it easier for government agencies to deny requests for records under the Freedom of Information Act,

    4-repealed a Bush executive order that allowed former presidents or their heirs to claim executive privilege in an effort to keep records secret.

    5-shut down the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba

    I only find him passing 5 in 3 days odd in a ‘this can’t be right…our president hasn’t gone on a two month vacation yet?’ and a ‘…wait…he’s following through?’ sort or way.
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    Jeffrey N

    (February 6, 2010 - 3:54 pm)

    Yeah especially when his party controls both houses of congress
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    VAK

    (February 6, 2010 - 4:24 pm)

    Don’t you find it hypocritical to make such a big deal about these orders when four out of five of his orders are only necessary because Bush himself treated the Constitution like it was written on Charmin? 4 of these changes were presented through Executive Order because it was necessary to quickly overrule Executive Orders that Bush had signed.

    The fifth is an order that sets rules preventing impropriety in the Executive Branch, and thus only makes sense to be an Executive Order. And I honestly question how anyone could object to an order that prevents corruption in government.

    Bush’s actions that lead us to this point started by completely reinterpreting the powers of the Executive Branch, which in his eyes are somehow broad sweeping and out of reach of the checks and balances intended by the Framers. He & Dick also created some trumped up interpretation that the VP straddles the Executive and Legislative branches, providing much greater power to that office than the framers ever intended.

    Then, with these newly-defined, far-reaching, almighty powers, they regularly made further decisions and orders to define laws as they felt they should apply to their offices. And they took it upon themselves to classify information that served only to protect their administration from political embarrassment and possibly prosecution, when the intent of classifying information is to protect national security, not political reputations.

    And so Obama has already signed 5 executive orders and 2 memos that benefit Americans. They return the Executive Branch to its powers as defined in the Constitution, eliminate unconstitutional detention practices & state-sponsored torture, and seek to create much greater transparency within the government. Wow, such a tyrant Obama is.

    Obama’s Executive Orders:

    1. Presidential Records – This order ensures public access to a larger number of the records of current and previous presidential administrations, reversing restrictions implemented through a previous Executive Order by George W. Bush. Information is to be classified when releasing it would be detrimental to national security, not for political reasons to protect the reputation or avoid embarrassment of an administration.

    This order prevents the current and former Presidents from using Executive Privilege without valid reasons. Executive Privilege now requires review and support from the Atty General, White House Counsel, and any other agencies who carry jurisdiction over the event in question in the order of Executive Privilege. It thus helps to ensure that we have transparency in the US Government – that the public has access to as much information as possible – anything that would not be detrimental to national security.

    Obama said "Going forward, anytime the American people want to know something that I or a former President wants to withhold, we will have to consult with the Attorney General and the White House Counsel, whose business it is to ensure compliance with the rule of law. Information will not be withheld just because I say so. It will be withheld because a separate authority believes my request is well grounded in the Constitution."

    2. Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel – bans those individuals from accepting gifts from lobbyists and implements so-called "revolving door bans" to restrict personnel movement between related public and private sector jobs within certain time frames.

    3. Review and Disposition of Individuals Detained at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and Closure of Detention Facilities – We have been the point of ridicule in the world for using torture against detainees, and our detention of prisoners offshore outside of the rule of law has also been viewed with equal ridicule.

    Gitmo is nothing but a symbol of the abuses of the Bush Administration, and it must close. The offshore detention center was unconstitutional, as was denying these prisoners a fair trial, and revoking habeas corpus makes it a trifecta of constitutional violations. Hopefully, the human rights of these prisoners haven’t been violated to a point where they can’t even legally be tried. It’s almost certain that some of them HAVE been tortured so horribly that their cases will be dismissed. We can thank the Bush Admin for that.

    4. Review of Detention Policy Options – With Gitmo closing, moving forward we’ll need a new location. There are a number of options available, all of them actually Constitutional, and none of them will allow the release of enemy combatant

    5. Ensuring Lawful Interrogations – This one revokes another of Bush’s own Executive Orders that allowed for torture and made us the cause for disgust and ridicule in the world. We’re now back in line with the Geneva Convention. The US does not torture. We never have before and we never will again. This is the difference between savage war criminals and honorable men.

    Bush’s desecration of our Constitution and laws were a
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