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    Thumbs up President Obama staffing Justice Dept. with lawyers Bush had fired. Yay!

    President Barack Obama is staffing his Justice Department with some of his predecessor’s fiercest critics, among them lawyers who were fired by President Bush or who quit jobs working for his administration.

    Now, the opposition is in charge, and lawyers who spent years defining the limits of executive power will be helping wield it.

    The change may be most dramatic at the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel — which defended some of Bush’s most controversial policies — where a small cadre of lawyers who had an outsized influence on legal criticism of Bush are taking the top three jobs.

    Those three — Dawn Johnsen, Martin Lederman, and David Barron — and others made the case that Bush’s interrogation policy was justified by flawed legal reasoning. Their arguments precipitated one of Obama’s most dramatic early acts: flatly repudiating all government legal advice on interrogation issued between September 11, 2001, and January 20, 2009.

    “I think they will be an irritant for Obama in the best possible way — they’re very honest lawyers,” said Rosa Brooks, a professor at Georgetown University Law School, where Lederman also taught. “When Dawn and Marty and David think that he is asking if he can do something that in their view pushes the envelope and goes beyond the bounds of what is legal, they’re going to say, ‘Sorry Mr. Obama, we think that would be illegal.’”



    Another reason why, in spite of whatever differences we may have with Obama in the future, his presidency is an inherently good thing after 8 years of Bush.

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    1) it feels weird to say President Obama... and not "stupid asshole retard (insert pres name here)"

    2) The new president doing the right thing still feels fucking WEIRD after a decade of the old president making every decision wrong.
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    2) The new president doing the right thing still feels fucking WEIRD after a decade of the old president making every decision wrong.
    I know. I'm still getting used to it. But it feels GOOOOOOOOD!

    How sad when you're actually baffled that the president is doing the right thing. Haha.

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    I know, that's kind of the kicker. You're used to rolling your eyes or shaking your head....
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    1) it feels weird to say President Obama... and not "stupid asshole retard (insert pres name here)"

    2) The new president doing the right thing still feels fucking WEIRD after a decade of the old president making every decision wrong.
    Couldn't agree more. Especially with No. 2. I still can't believe that the Bush Error is over.

    Quote Originally Posted by cmmdee View Post
    I know. I'm still getting used to it. But it feels GOOOOOOOOD!

    How sad when you're actually baffled that the president is doing the right thing. Haha.
    Or a president that can speak in complete sentences without destroying the English language.

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    ^^ Exactly! It's nice to have a president that speaks English. Haha That is what my friend said!

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