February 21, 2009

(h/t Heather for both videos)

While there have been some disappointments, there's no denying that Barack Obama has accomplished an amazing amount in his first thirty days in office. Considering the absolute clusterf&%k he inherited from his predecessor and how many roadblocks and petty games have been placed in his way, let's give the man some props for getting the job done.

Rachel Maddow lists Obama's presidential accomplishments:

Announced strict new rules for lobbyists

Paycaps for WH staff

Hillary Clinton confirmed Secretary of State

Signed an Executive Order closing Gitmo and secret CIA prisons overseas

Named George Mitchell and Richard Holbrooke Special Envoys to Middle East

Made first agency visit to the State Dept, symbolically reviving diplomacy

Appeared on Arab TV network,

Signed Lily Ledbetter Act,

Eric Holder confirmed;

Signed S-ChIP legislation;

Canceled 77 land leases around Arches National Park;

Signed the Stimulus Bill;

Announced his home foreclosure prevention plan;

Took first foreign trip to Canada;

Banned budget gimmicks, like emergency funding for Iraq;

Met with mayors;

Signed Executive Order for Office of Gulf Coast Recovery.

Perhaps not everything we wanted, but a big list nonetheless. Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland, speaks with Rachel on just how quickly Obama is fighting the inertia of Washington.

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