The First Week in Office

January 27, 2009 | NeW Staff

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
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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