The First Week in Office

by NeW Staff on January 27, 2009 · 0 comments

In his first week in office, President Barack Obama hasn't wasted any time in getting things accomplished; consequently, he has stirred things up, especially for conservatives.  In a recent public tiff, President Obama and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh have indirectly communicated the frustration on both sides. The result: the reality that bipartisanship might not be all that is cracked up to be. Last week, Obama told Republican leaders in Congress,

“You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done.”

The message sent a signal to conservatives, particularly to Limbaugh, that Obama would not be working to make comprises with the Right. As well, the President signed a bill that would reverse the ban on funding international organizations that provide abortion services. A prominent pro-life and family advocate, Gary Bauer, responded to these new measures:

“It is both sad and infuriating that in the same week President Obama extended new rights to prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and began planning to release men whom we know have murdered Americans, he is preparing to sentence innocent children to death through abortion.”

These first weeks of Obama’s Presidency will be telling of what direction his term of office will take. Conservatives, in the meantime, must continue to press on in defense of conservative fiscal and social values.

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