Obama’s Entourage

Obama is visiting the UK for the G20 summit (he’s there already) and the BBC goes into how many people are with him. Jesus, it sounds like he brings an army wherever he goes. Are hundreds of people the norm for a president? Does he really need to bring his own helicopter and limo with him as well? That just seems utterly ridiculous. I’m really, really curious what the standards are for the other foreign leaders there. I’m also curious about what the leaders do when they visit the US. Do they bring their own stuff/people or do they trust the US to do a good job of taking care of them?

It seems to me that the white house group is just exceptionally paranoid about all situations and are overdoing it. I don’t know, maybe they have a reason to be, but it seems excessive.

Obama Dealing With the Past

I don’t always agree with what Obama does. As much as I think he’s two million, quadrillion times better than Bush, I don’t expect him to somehow appease my every whim. I mean, it’d be awesome if he did, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon unfortunately. One thing in particular I vehemently disagree with him about is how he’s handling Bush’s past warrantless wiretapping cases. He’s said time and time again that the President doesn’t have the authority to justify such deals, and yet he seems to be defending Bush’s practices.

Another practice, which I absolutely despise, is the extraordinary rendition (essentially kidnapping and taking to countries that allow torture). It looks like Obama is declaring state secrets to deny the chance of a trial. I don’t get this. Obama is such a huge fan of the constitution that you’d think he’d be HAPPY people are trying to exercise their rights.

I’ve only been able to come up with one answer that seems to make sense. Bush did something tremendously bad. So heinous that when Obama looked into it he realized that if the country ever found out about it, it would derail everything he was trying to do to change how the government works. Obama must have thought to himself that he was doing what Ford did for Nixon. He was going to overlook what Bush did so that the country could move on. It’s the only thing that I can come up with that seems to fit with how he’s invoking state secrets in multiple trials about how Bush ran the country, and yet is much, much more open with other stuff.

I really wish I knew what happened these past eight years now more than ever.