Mr. Obama signaled that those on the left seeking a wholesale reversal of Mr. Bush’s detainee policy might be disappointed. Mr. Obama said that by the time he got into office, the Bush administration had taken “steps to correct certain policies and procedures after those first couple of years” after the Sept. 11 attacks.That's the champion backhanded compliment of all backhanded compliments. In other words, it wasn't Bush who changed policies it was the subordinates he picked. Not sure that was part of the campaign theme but there was something about the world "breathing a sigh of relief".
But this admission just might make a few nutroots lose their cookies:
“There could be situations — and I emphasize ‘could be’ because we haven’t made a determination yet — where, let’s say that we have a well-known Al Qaeda operative that doesn’t surface very often, appears in a third country with whom we don’t have an extradition relationship or would not be willing to prosecute, but we think is a very dangerous person,” he said.And this might completely finish off the remaining holdouts:
Mr. Obama rode to the White House partly on his savvy use of new technology, and he has a staff-written blog on his presidential Web site. Even so, he said he did not find blogs to be reliable, citing the economy as one example.Ouch. Guess that also means he won't be taking my advice from the previous post.
“Part of the reason we don’t spend a lot of time looking at blogs,” he said, “is because if you haven’t looked at it very carefully, then you may be under the impression that somehow there’s a clean answer one way or another — well, you just nationalize all the banks, or you just leave them alone and they’ll be fine.”
HUFFPO REACTS 3/8/09
By telling the prez to read his blogs (meaning the netroots, of course). They even danced around making a George Bush comparison, mentioning the dreaded White House "bubble" as a warning. Speaking of bubbles, sounds like one might have been popped. Just sayin.