Obama team plans to repair agencies screwed-up by Bush

Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama
Daylife/AP Photo by Charles Rex Arbogast

The head of President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team said Sunday that the incoming administration is conducting an extensive review of President Bush’s executive orders.

Asked about reports that the transition team already has identified a number of areas where Obama could issue executive orders as soon as he takes office, John Podesta said he would not “preview decisions that [Obama] has yet to make.”

“I would say that as a candidate, Sen. Obama said that he wanted all the Bush executive orders reviewed and decide which ones should be kept and which ones should be repealed and which ones should be amended, and that process is going on. It’s been undertaken,” Podesta said Sunday.

Podesta pointed out that there is a lot the president can do without waiting for Congress, and voters can expect to see Obama do so to try and restore “a sense that the country is working on behalf of the common good.”

“I think that we’re looking at — again, in virtually every agency to see where we can move forward, whether that’s on energy transformation, on improving health care, on stem cell research,” he said.

Bush and his neocon army had eight years to foul their nest. Confronting agencies and institutions often turned against their chartered purpose must be a daunting task.

Parallel to these efforts, the rightwingers battling to retain control of the Republican Party have already launched the sort of divisive PR campaign that brought America’s former center for conservative thought and politics – to crashing defeat.

2 thoughts on “Obama team plans to repair agencies screwed-up by Bush

  1. Hannah Stevens says:

    This country will be restored to some semblance of order once more. What a relief it is. bush and co gutted every agency and then said “see, government is bad and we need to get rid of it”. The problem is that we need a certain amount of government to protect public safety, the FDA and FEMA are just two examples. I am so hopeful for the next eight years and I say eight because Obama will be there that long.

  2. Jerome k says:

    The only way to fix the Bush corruption is to fire each and every Bush appointee and investigate their crimes later. We are talking of career criminals here

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