THAT much awesome. I'm really enjoying these detail-packed vignettes from the Obama White House.
A First Sleepover
On Tuesday night, their first at the White House, the Obama girls had a party of their own.
Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, had a sleepover party with classmates from Sidwell Friends School. They watched two movies — “High School Musical 3” and “Bolt” — and romped around the house in a scavenger hunt arranged by the White House staff.
Perhaps the highlight? At the end of the hunt, the girls opened a door to find their favorite musical act: the Jonas Brothers. Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas were waiting inside. Surprise!
Meanwhile, former Bush aids grouse about the Inauguration speech. Whine whine whine... They're just mad because they're now unemployed. Karma much?
So the Republican honeymoon is now officially over, with the executive orders prompting the government to close Gitmo and force the CIA to only use the 19 interrogation techniques outlined in the U.S. Army Field manual. McCain would be proud (he tried to do it 3 times).
Anyway, the Dearly Departed screech that torture and illegal detentions kept America save from another 9/11. As the same policies help terrorist organizations recruit and gain support. Also, a couple of huge terrorism magnets called military invasions.
But it would be terribly naive to suggest that reversing these policies necessitates further terrorist attacks... oh, thank you Marc A. Thiessen, former chief speechwriter for Bush, in your WaPo op-ed from today:
"If Obama weakens any of the defenses Bush put in place and terrorists strike our country again, Americans will hold Obama responsible -- and the Democratic Party could find itself unelectable for a generation."
It would be even more terrible, however, if the American people hold Obama responsible for any terrorist attacks in the near future. They would surely be the responsibility of the Bush administration; if not even motivated by the Administration's disastrous policies, than for the simple fact that terrorist plots take time, and would have been hatched and developed on their watch.
Like those work safety numbers: 2,688 days with no terrorist attacks on Bush's watch, and 1,459 until the next inauguration. I hope Bush's counter continues to tick upwards. It's still on him.