Three cheers for the President

The media this morning are talking down Mr Obama. So let me say three good things about him.

My first cheer is for his rapid U turn on protectionism. When he saw the reaction and the possible tit for tat moves other countries could make, he changed the policy.That is very good news.

My second cheer is because he has announced he wants the USA and Russia to cut their nuclear warheads by 80%. He is right to do it bilaterally. The UK has already slashed her warheads, so it willl be good news if the world’s large nuclear powers are able to do the same.

My third cheer is because he accepted responsibility and admitted his errors when three of his nominees for high office had to withdraw. That is so refreshing for those of us who live under a UK government that never admits a mistake.

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9 Comments

  1. duncan robertson
    Posted February 4, 2009 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    To others, being wrong is a source of shame; to me, recognizing my mistakes is a source of pride. Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition, there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes… George Soros

  2. Alan Tayler
    Posted February 4, 2009 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    I hold no particular brief for Obama and think the level of general expectation uncomfortably close to ‘things can only get better’ (T Blair 1997) but here are two more cheers:-

    Obama’s banning of officials lobbying for two years after their public careers.

    The institution of a pay freeze for officials

  3. Ted
    Posted February 4, 2009 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Certainly refreshing John. But BTW, the USSR hasn’t existed for about 15 years 🙂

  4. Jonathan Cook
    Posted February 4, 2009 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Now that Gordon Brown is clinging to Obama’s coat tails and looking to bathe in the US President’s popularity – it will be interesting to see if Brown starts to admit to mistakes as well.

    I doubt it.

  5. Brian Tomkinson
    Posted February 4, 2009 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Just how has Obama changed the policy on protectionism? He has made the right noises but the bill in question has passed through the House of Representatives, incidentally with no Republican support, and the protectionist clause is still in the bill being considered by the Senate. Actions not words are the only way we can judge, so I think you are a little premature with your praise.

    Reply: I stand corrected, in this world of spin..

  6. Adrian Peirson
    Posted February 4, 2009 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    What exactly is wrong with having a secure manufacturing base with which to trade with other nations.
    It’s only like having secure watertight bulkheads on a ship at sea, in the event of a (financial) storm, we will still be able to feed our selves and build ships, cars, and electronics.
    Our Bulkheads have been destroyed, we have no fishing, our Farming is being destroyed, our Industries sold off, Indistries like Ships, Cars and heavy industry.
    We are being Gutted and brought to our Knees.
    We should be operating with the World from a position of Strength.

    We did perfectly well 100 yrs ago, it is this Globalist mentality which has doen this, yet McDoom is saying we need more Globalism.
    Imagine if you had a virus and the Doctor said what you need is an injection of the self same virus to cure you.

    Unrestrained Borrowing has got us into this Problem, ( encouraged by Brown et al ) Now he is saying to get out of this we need to continue spending.

    Gordon Brown is Determined that this Nation and people go Bankrupt for his Globalist Puppetmasters, that is what he is telling us to do, take out more credit. Sell off more industries, allow in more Foreign competition.

    We are at sea, a Perfect Storm is Brewing, Gordon Brown is busy below decks, banging away, taking away our Watertight Bulkheads all the while saying Trust me, Trust me, I know what I am doing ( and he does ),

    AND WORSE YET PEOPLE ARE LISTENING TO HIM !!!!!!

    He Should be locked up, while the Bulkheads are replaced.

    MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY

  7. Adrian Peirson
    Posted February 4, 2009 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Russia is being encircled which in my view is deliberate Provocation which we should NOT be supporting.
    We are proposing to put a missile shield on her Borders, why are we supporting this.
    And we expect her to cut her defenses.
    It is now widely known, except in the Mainstream media that Russia ws NOT the aggressor in Georgia recently.
    It is also widely known that Iran Did NOT say they wanted to Wipe Israel off the Map, the actual translation was Wipe Zionism of the Political Map, which is as innocuous as saying we would like Blairism or Thatcherism wiped off the Map.

    The disturbing thing is, Why does someone wish to believe these falsities, Is someone deliberately pushing us into a war with Iran and Russia, the Missile shield and these lies would indicate Yes.

    Russia Today Youtube Channel.
    http://youtube.com/user/RussiaToday

  8. Adrian Peirson
    Posted February 4, 2009 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    Mr Redwood, I believe someone is Deliberately trying to engineer War with Iran and or Russia, can you bear this in mind in Westminster.

    Campaign for Liberty
    http://youtube.com/user/campaignforliberty

  9. Bridge
    Posted February 9, 2009 at 4:23 am | Permalink

    Has the UK government made a mistake? I can’t find the press release admitting it from any government department – perhaps the mistake was in suggesting that the infallible Mr Brown had made some sort of error. Ever.

    Still, if they never admit their mistakes, does it mean that the economic collapse, increasing violent crime and the incompetence of social services in the death of Baby P were, in fact, deliberate acts of government policy that succeeded as intended?

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