Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Some Light Housekeeping..

Our charming First Family will be spending their first full day in the White House today,and nothing could please me more than the thought of them going about the business of personalizing their new home.

I imagine Mom-in-Chief Michelle finalizing the family menus with her kitchen staff,Grandma carefully scrutinizing the Paul Revere silver service for smudges,Malia balancing on her bed,choosing just the right color push-pins with which to hang her 'High School Musical' posters,and my dear Little Sasha cheerfully pitching in by removing all of the 'This One's HOT George!' labels from the lavatory knobs in the residential bathrooms.

Of course,Barack himself is spending his first day at work engaging in a little house cleaning of his own by placing his newly authorized signature on several
clear and simple Presidential directives,designed to set a new standard in White house ethics..
To wit;
  • The detention center at Guantanamo will be shut down by the end of this year.
  • There will be a pay freeze for all members of the White House staff,capped at $100,000.00 a year..For some,this means a reduction in salary.
  • A complete ban on any staff members receiving gifts.(I'm guessin' this may not include such things as getting a tie from the kids on Father's day..but I just don't know).
  • Lobbyists are forbidden to represent anyone they have worked for in the two years prior to this day,and extending for two years hence..In addition,members of his staff that leave government office will not be allowed to function as lobbyists for the duration of the Obama Presidency.
    ..And my personal favorite!
  • 'Transparency,and rule of law will be the touchstones of my Presidency'..
    The 'Freedom of Information Act' will mean exactly that!
    None o' this withholding information from the people simply 'because they can'.
    In the past,government officials have been held to a pretty low standard of reasons for denying public access..From now on, 'I don't feel like it' is no longer gonna fly!
    Quite naturally,matters of explicit national security must,of necessity,be held close to vest..But Obama made it clear that the public's right to know will be the first consideration in every case,and personally vowed to hold himself to this standard as well.
These are a few measures President Obama has signed into effect this very morning,with the clear intention of drawing a hard line between his administration,and the last.
..I wonder what he'll be doin' after lunch?



At 3:03 PM , Blogger sageweb said...

Wow...amazing stuff he has already done. I am giddy with anticipation at his next move.

At 3:53 PM , Blogger Random Thinker said...

Imagine the House and Senate, all a-twitter and a-buzz as they try to predict his next move. Dangerous territory ahead for them. Obama is already raising the standard and our expectations of those who govern us. Gosh, now they may actually have to weigh and consider the merits of proposed legislation.

At 6:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha! It just keeps getting better!!

At 6:17 PM , Blogger Miss Healthypants said...

Dude, he is awesome already! :)

At 6:30 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Sage- I'm not sure how much the pay freeze is really going to affect people that are probably very well off anyway,but you can bet there's a buttload of lobbyists out there singin' the blues.

Thinker- At a minimum,I expect there's going to be a lot less 'I'll scratch yer back' legislation hitting the floors of Congress.

Citizen- It was delicious,listening to him all but say '..and all that crap Bush and his cronies were gettin' away with?..It ain't happenin'!

Miss HP- I'm lovin' this guy more and more. :)

At 6:34 PM , Blogger austexgrl said...

The only bad thing about George
leaving Washington???//his return to Texas! Booooo.

At 6:38 PM , Blogger Sling said...

austexgrl- Poor kid..Texas is a pretty big state though..Hopefully,you won't be runnin' into him at Home Depot.

At 7:26 PM , Blogger Mom said...

Aren't they all just beautiful people. It is nice to have someone nice to look at. it is even nicer to hear and see some honest leadership.

At 10:11 PM , Blogger Lorraine said...

Bwahahahaha..."this one's hot, George"....bwahahahaha....

Although as far as I can tell he still has yet to deliver on one very large campaign promise. Unless I missed the announcement about the puppy...

At 4:29 AM , Blogger Willym said...

And I bet the first lady has found a battered and bruised copy of the Constitution hidden away in some forgotten drawer, has dusted it off and hung it back in its rightful place.

At 7:15 AM , Blogger billy pilgrim said...

i think he should spend the first few days looking for booby traps left behind by cheney.

At 7:17 AM , Blogger yellowdog granny said...

im with austex girl..send his ass to new haven conn. and all those suckass Buttroys in midland, dallas and crawford can kiss my ass.
i wish him well, he's going to need all the help he can get.

At 10:13 AM , Blogger Sling said...

mom- Be forewarned!..The comparisons to the Kennedy family are delightfully inevitable,and I'm gonna be all over 'em..I love that stuff!

Rainey- Oh,you just know the Secret Service is breathin' a sigh of relief,now that they no longer have to protect George from himself!
..and yeah!..What's up with the Presidential Puppy Promise?
The honeymoon's over Obama,get crackin'!

Willym- I understand they are gonna hang it up in place of that velvet painting of Elvis.

Billy P.- A team of Navy Seals has already gone through,and re-tightened all the lids on the salt shakers.

Big Yeller Dawg- You know, there is gonna be some space available at Guantanamo..

At 2:06 PM , Blogger LostInColor said...

Good point Rainey! Where is the puppy? :)

At 7:04 PM , Blogger booda baby said...

If he keeps this up, he'll be visiting way before JP gets out here.

To be super duper fair, Al Gore did a whole lot of work on transparency and ethics. I mean real, no messing around stuff. And after lunch, he invented the internet.

At 10:22 PM , Blogger Middle Child said...

Jesus, Mary and Joseph I sure hope for you all that this one man pulls it off....poor Obama

At 12:29 PM , Blogger Doralong said...

I'm with Billy- I hope they checked very, very carefully. Especially around Cheney's bunker!


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