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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Campaings vs Governing

News Analysis - Obama After Bush - Leading by Second Thought - NYTimes.com:

"But the bottom line is that Mr. Obama’s course corrections have real-life consequences. Mr. Bush kept saying that he wanted to close Guantanamo Bay but could not find an effective replacement for it. So he never acted. Mr. Obama began with that action, and now discovers it is more difficult to accomplish than it seemed a few months ago.

“These issues are always more difficult in practice than they are in the environment of a campaign,” Samuel R. Berger, who served as President Bill Clinton’s national security adviser, said Friday. “In the end, what you have to remember is that President Obama is going to close Guantanamo and he is going to end torture. But I think everyone admits that doing so has proven to be more difficult than anyone anticipated.”"

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