Obama to Reverse More Than 200 Bush Executive Orders

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Let the clean up begin!!

Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse policies on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive rights and other issues, according to congressional Democrats, campaign aides and experts working with the transition team.

A team of four dozen advisers, working for months in virtual solitude, set out to identify regulatory and policy changes Obama could implement soon after his inauguration. The team is now consulting with liberal advocacy groups, staffers and potential agency chiefs to prioritize those they regard as the most onerous or ideologically offensive, said a top transition official who was not permitted to speak on the record about the inner workings of the transition.

In some instances, Obama would be quickly delivering on promises he made during his two-year campaign, while in others he would be embracing Clinton-era policies upended by President Bush during his eight years in office.

Obama himself has signaled, for example, that he intends to reverse Bush’s controversial limit on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, a decision that scientists say has restrained research into some of the most promising avenues for defeating a wide array of diseases, such as Parkinson’s.

Bush’s August 2001 decision pleased religious conservatives who have moral objections to the use of cells from days-old human embryos, which are destroyed in the process.

America is back and in a big way!

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37 Responses to Obama to Reverse More Than 200 Bush Executive Orders

  1. MacDaddy says:

    Wonderful news!

  2. TOM339 says:

    Obama hinted he would do just this during the campaign.

    He kept dropping nuggets like, “I need to get elected first, then we can deal with stem cells, energy, etc.”

    I believed him then and I believe him now.

    How can it be that the PUMA loons like Larry Johnson and his nutty followers are determined to try and undermine Obama?

    I think they’re all a bunch of Un-American racists.

  3. stradella says:

    Thank God for Obama!

    I have a nephew with Sickle Cell and he isn’t doing too good with his treatment. Stem cell therapy may help him turn the corner. This country has fallen so far behind in every measurement.

    Obama has a huge task before him.

  4. phil_in_ny says:

    I’m excited to see what he does. I think there’s issues he’s going to have to go hard left on like health care and the economy, and can’t wait for us to be a part of that.

    Whatever it is, he centainly has the smarts to get it done.

  5. Fran says:

    Obama walks the walk. Sanity restored, but they should keep things under wraps so the shrub does not try some fancy moves before he exits.

    But seriously, this is fantastic news.

  6. phil_in_ny says:

    I also wanted to add, I’m excited to see who he chooses for cabinet positions.

  7. Aunt Peg says:

    The notion that American scientists committed to curing diseases had considered setting up shop off the coast of the USA on a research ship so they could get around Bush’s restrictions on stem cell research is nauseating.

    This is 2008 and not 1408.

    People like Bush and all the other phony Christian fundamentalists are stuck in the dark ages and if they could, I have no doubt, they would keep all the medicine and energy for themselves and make us light our houses with candles and use blood leeches to cure diseases.

    Obama arrived at just the nick of time to save this nation. We were almost gone and now Obama will pull us back from the precipice.

  8. Mauigirl says:

    Great news – go Obama! I love it. Maybe we can indeed reverse the harm Bush has done.

  9. Jeannie says:

    Great post and great article that you linked. From the article:

    “President Bush denied California the authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from automobiles. The president-elect says he will overturn that decision.”

    Does that mean I may soon be able to breathe again? 😀

  10. Harry says:

    If Cheney needed stem cells to make his worn out heart beat another decade, he would be first in-line to get them while denying you and me.

  11. Roger says:

    PUMA idiots are *still* talking? About what? Jebus.

  12. D.R.Scott says:

    Great news!

    What some people need to remember that if other countries finally manage to make genuine progress in curing ailments like diabetes, sickle cell anemia, Alzheimer’s, etc., many Americans wouldn’t have access to this treatment because it’d be too bloody expensive. Or worse, not at all.

    In other words, the rich fucks who got in the way before would most likely be the first ones in line flying to Europe to take advantage of the medical benefits due to stem cell research.

    “Redistributing the wealth” isn’t just about money, after all, and thank the Goddess that Obama understands this. Otherwise we’ll be “left behind”, and it won’t be the way fundamentalist nutjobs are thinking of.

  13. Mike Johnson says:

    America is back to destroying 12-day old unborn babies for the sake of research.

  14. D.R.Scott says:


    I was hoping we’d be troll-free.

    What bugs me the most about guys like Mike is they care more about imaginary babies than real one. They are children who are hungry, children who are being abused, children who are dying because they don’t have decent medical care.

    Where are Mike and his friends?

    Oh yeah, I forgot, dealing with real problems in the real world is obviously too tough for jerks who have nothing better to do than bully women or bomb abortion clinics.

    Remember, Mike, it isn’t like I’m a big fan of abortion, but your friends also have a nasty habit of keeping information sex ed programs out of the schools and see condoms as being more dangerous than cigarettes. What’s a woman who’s been raped supposed to do?

    Sorry, I forgot. You don’t care. As George Carlin said, “Once the baby is born, both the mother and the child are on their own.”

    Thankfully, Mike, you’re becoming irrelevant. You couldn’t stop Obama from getting elected president, and you won’t be able to stop his administration from taking the United States closer to the 21st century.

    Goodbye, Mike. Don’t let reality hit your ass on the way out.

  15. R.J. says:

    Mike, you can always leave the country if you don’t like it here.

    Freedom isn’t free. Pay your taxes.

    Liberty and justice for all. Proposition 8 will be ruled unconstitutional in the courts.

  16. Jack Black says:

    How can a Constitutional Ammendment be Unconstitutional? Sorry that the citizens of California, inflated with all those new Obama voters, are not supporing sodomy as a civil right. LOL! One great piece of news from election night.

    As for paying taxes, ha ha ha. I left taking my families combined income of over $250,000 with us several years ago. I live in a no-income tax state which I love.

    Meanwhile the Governator’s last bailout of Mexifornia is already broken. The deficit is $11 billion and will climb fast as more taxes are imposed, causing more high wage earners, businesses and corporations to flee the state.

    Hopefully the recession is long and hard. Like all good reactionaries I am going to survive it, but it sure will be fun watching the welfare state collapse on itself.

  17. Digger says:

    I am a lesbian Foreign Service Officer and I am eager to see the changes he will make. I am personally hopeful he will make some of the changes that will make it easier for LGBT folks with partners to serve overseas by treating their partners as equal to their heterosexual counterparts.

  18. Rachel says:

    Why would you want to kill a person just to have stem cell research? Doesn’t make any sense what so ever, our bodies are like tents, there just temporary, because after we die and go to heaven, we will have new bodies for eternal life. Our bodies are just dying off, so stop trying to fix everything OBAMA!!! because you yourself are just temporary!

  19. Jeremy says:

    Wow D.R. Scott — You’ve made it clear that this is a one-sided conversation and that this community will blast any person who disagrees with anything said in this forum. So… I’ll cut to my point.

    Considering Mike’s views “irrelevant” simply because 53% of the general public voted for Obama is dangerous. It reeks of the same arrogance that plagued the Bush administration. If Obama and the Democrat-led Congress share your view that 47% of the popular vote are “irrelevant” then our country will continue to be divided.

    Don’t mistakenly interpret this close election result as an authorization by the American people to suddenly move everything to far-left politics. Those AREN’T the promises Obama made in his campaign, and there are a lot of moderate Obama voters — heck even conservative Obama voters — who will send Obama packing after 4 years if that’s what happens.

    If you think this is the beginning of the end for conservatives, then take a look at the electoral maps for Carter in 1976, then Reagan in 1980 & 1984, and study the circumstances of that period of time. Our country can go “Red” in a hurry if Obama doesn’t toe the line and seek solutions that don’t create division.

    I desperately want to see Obama succeed, even though he wouldn’t be my ideal candidate for president based on his views. Our nation needs to come together and fix things. If everybody keeps talking to people the way D.R. Scott & Mike were talking to one another — then we won’t have a chance at real, lasting change.

  20. D.R.Scott says:

    Jesus, there’s more trolls here than cockroaches.

    It always amazes me how cruel you “pro-lifers” can be, Jack. It’s a disconnect you and others of your breed can’t figure out. You must really miss those “good old days ” of stoning heathens to death in the village square.

    But no matter how hard you try, Jack, your Neanderthal ideology can’t stop evolution. Obama won, remember?

    What this election proved is that rational people aren’t listening to hateful freaks like you anymore. And Obama rolling back 200 boneheaded executive orders left behind by your boy Dubya is a good start.

    By the way, Jack, you can’t have interracial marriages and outlaw gay marriages at the same time. Maybe that’s a contradiction your microbe-sized brain can live with, but a lawyer is gonna tear it to shreds.

    Now what gets me angry, Jack, is your bragging about living in a “no income tax” state that my tax dollars is paying for, but you’d be the first one to bitch about those Cadillac-driving Welfare Queens. No wonder we’re broke.

    “Mexifornia”? Bigot.

    And you’re gonna survive the encroaching apocalypse, Jack? Suuuure. You neo-nazi survivalist types crack me up. You wouldn’t last a week without beer and your online porn.

    Where’s my can of Raid?

  21. libhomo says:

    This is generally good news. I’m a bit confused about the need to prioritize. Why can’t Obama just reverse all of the bad executive orders at once?

  22. J.R. Thompson says:


    Another closed-minded liberal claiming to be open minded in D.R. Scott made his way to this room. I love how open and tolerant you people proclaim to be but how judgmental you are. How do you know that Mike isn’t also caring for others?

    I, for one, am. When I say pro-life, I mean “pro-life.” I’m for unborn babies as well as the environment and pregnant teens and the poor. And I’m involved in all of it, working with agencies and programs that are addressing such issues.

    So, before you and your open mind start calling judging people and putting them in a box because of one little comment, look in the mirror. You’re only half the person you think you are while you pat yourself on the back and tell yourself how great you are.

    There are just as many liberals spewing hate as there are conservatives. Neither one has the corner on the market for justice or love. So get over yourself and your sanctimonious postings. I’m a bleeding heart conservative and I’m not the only one out there. When I say “pro-life”, I mean it.

  23. D.R.Scott says:

    Sorry I hurt your feelings, Jeremy.

    It’s just idiots like Mike–yeah, I said it–piss me off because his ideology kills people, and that’s not a “leftist” fantasy. As I wrote earlier, I think of abortion as a lousy last resort, but Mike and his brotherhood of narrow-minded, bible-carrying nutjobs won’t let us try to find the another solution to the problem.

    It ain’t liberals that are refusing to educate young people and tell them that the “rhythm method” or praying to God aren’t viable birth control methods. It ain’t liberals that post the names and addresses of doctors. And guess what? Being polite doesn’t work.

    By the way, why is having a health care system that regular people can afford “leftist”? Why is demanding accountability from CEOs who pocket fat bonuses while running their business into the ground “leftist”? Those are the ideals that the Obama campaign ran on, and from what I understand, a lot of conservate, never-voted-Democrat-before folks voted for the black guy with the scary name. I think Americans are so tired of Republicans and Republicans who pretend they’re Democrats that they’ll try something different. I think voters are seeing that twenty plus years of “Reaganism” hasn’t worked out too well for working-class heroes.

    No, I’m not underestimating Republican coming back to power but choosing a sock puppet like Mrs. Palin or a retread like Newt (“The Big White Rat”) Gingrich isn’t the way to go.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’ll talk to anybody who wants to fix what’s wrong with this country, but it hasn’t been me who’s made the conversation one-sided for so long, and the Obama victory let’s me know that we’re going to have a real dialogue on the issues. I’m not trying to take anything away from Mike. Just tell him not to take anything away from me.

  24. D.R.Scott says:

    Hey, J.R.?

    Prove it.

    All I’ll say is the people at the Obama rallies didn’t scare me as much as those bigots who shouted “Nigger!” while Palin said nothing. If you don’t believe me, look of the reports of the secret service guys who were pissed at the irresponsible way that the McPalins stirred up this racist stew.

    So, J,R., where were you, huh? Never mind about us dangerous liberals, just you conservatives keep your own house in order, O.K.?

  25. Gizmo says:

    Jeremy – Try rereading Mike’s outrageous remark.

    He stated Obama and Co. will murder infants. Such a remark can’t be defended among sane individuals which probably explains why you’re the only one trying.

  26. J.R. Thompson says:

    Ugggh. Prove it? That’s the best response you can come up with to the charges I leveled against you? Way to divert my questions. But for your own bemusement, I work with a crisis pregnancy center, am employed in an agency working with environmental policy and education, serve the poor in our church’s benevolence center (no government funding necessary, thank you) and I’m involved in initiatives digging wells in Africa and building orphanages for children and mothers with HIV.

    But, it’s lost on someone like you who likes to take all the evils from an extreme few and with your open mind paint everyone as having those same characteristics. It’s how politicians on both sides of the aisles are able to control people in America with their false choices and “us vs. them” rhetoric.

    Oh, well. Another liberal with his head stuck firmly up his own rear end, worshiping himself. Nothing intelligent to discuss here. Moving on to have discussions with people who can actually think for themselves.

  27. enegim says:

    Jack Black:

    1. The people of California don’t need to declare sodomy a civil right; the US Supreme Court did that years ago, in Lawrence vs. Texas.

    What bigots in California (and Florida, and Arkansas) did was outlaw marriage. Gee, I would have thought that supporting established relationships was a good thing. But then, I’m happily married (and heterosexual, not that it should matter) and enjoy seeing other people have that happiness; seeing the latter as a threat to my marriage or anyone’s is simply incomprehensible.

    2. Re: “Mexifornia”: Yes, it’s true that Spanish and Mexican people settled California, and the land was stolen from them by the US in an illegal war. Your point?

  28. HelenWheels says:

    J.R. Thompson sounds like the typical self-proclaimed “do-gooder” conservative, and can’t wait to list all his good deeds, thinking it somehow obfuscates the fact he defends the GOP and therefore is not “pro-life” at all. The amount of lives you help improve, J.R., are a small drop in the bucket when compared to the lives your party and Dear Leader have ended or ruined. You’ll have to help & save the lives of millions to make up for that. And, LIVE, living people, not Billy Blastulae.

    Yes it is lousy with trolls up in here today, indeed.

    The recent version of the GOP is the most anti-life party ever. Their misogynist stances and pro-war bloodlust is reflected in the man they’ve been happy to support for the past 8 years.

    Obama won. You can try to argue your way back into revelance but the truth is, it won’t work. People are now onto the religious (f)right’s attempt at a theocratic coup. The jig is up.

    buh, bye.

  29. Brigadoon says:

    “Liberal” isn’t a pejorative term. As long as brain dead rightwingers keep claiming it is, they will keep losing elections for generations to come. The dumb comments by J.R. is an example of a lemming without a compelling talking point. Rush, Hannity and Billo haven’t caught up to the election of Obama and as a result, they have yet to tell their flock what to think.

  30. D.R.Scott says:

    O.K., J.R., that’s fair.

    I apologize for condemning you unfairly. I’ll sprinkle a little salt on my Nike for flavor, excuse me.

    However, I won’t apologize for being angry from seeing the crimes that the Bush administration has done for the past eight years. It’s good that your church helps the poor, but why is it wrong to get angry when I see social services being cut? Why is it wrong to think that the government has an obligation to keep school, libraries, and hospitals open? I don’t see that as a handout but one of the things that made America great. Volunteerism only goes so far, especially when you know the government has the money, and that’s one of the things that our tax money is supposed to pay for.

    When things are going wrong, I don’t think of pointing it out as “rhetoric”; I see it as an obligation. And I’m not supposed to be angry when Mrs. Palin, a vice presidential candidate, is dividing people by calling anyone who disagrees with her views “Anti-American”? Besides being irresponsible, Palin has a much bigger soapbox than I do, so she could do a hell of a lot more damage than I ever could. Considering all the good work you do, how can you vote for that?

    When I said “prove it”, what I meant is if you’re a moderate Republican, why do you let the nutjobs out there hijack your belief system and turn it into something ugly? I’m Catholic, so how do you think I feel when I see the bastard who claims he’s a man of God picketing the funerals of soldiers who died in Iraq because he has a delusion about gays and lesbians? That man doesn’t speak for me or represent my beliefs? Are you telling me those right-wing talking heads on Fox who made jokes about people drowning at Katrina speak for you? Maybe my head is up my ass, but I can still see clearly enough to know that’s cruel, and it’s wrong.

    Maybe I’m presumptuous, but I like to think you and I want our country to be better than it is, and I believe President Obama is the man to get it done because he doesn’t talk about pulling people apart, he wants to get people talking to each other.

    I might disagree with you, J.R., but I’ll never take away your right to say it, because that’s what America is supposed to be about.

  31. Conejo1982 says:


    Isn’t it wonderful hearing the Republicans whine like little bitches because Obama is preparing to reverse Bush’s shady, sneaky signing statements that circumvented the Congress and were arguably, illegal and unconstitutional?

    The universe is returning to balance again!

  32. J.R. Thompson says:

    All right, D.R., that’s how we have a conversation that gets somewhere, unlike HelenWheels, who thinks the Obama can fix America by himself. It’s not about your party winning an election; it’s about seeing America returning to a positive direction with some good leadership.

    I know many conservatives who are upset over the GOP getting hijacked by ultra-right wingers who choose to drive a wedge between people to win them over instead of starting a conversation. While I consider myself an independent and loathe our two-party system as one that’s systematically broken, I agree that it’s a shame that the GOP stooped to the depths that it did in this campaign. I really think McCain would’ve been a good choice but chose bad advisers (which is not a good sign of a smart leader; see George W. Bush).

    Evangelicals have suffered from this delusion that a vote for the GOP is a vote for Christian values. And while older evangelicals have viewed abortion as THE issue while ignoring many of the inconsistencies with the GOP’s “pro-life” position, younger evangelicals see these values as equally important. McCain’s evangelical outreach committee could not get past the idea that abortion wasn’t the singular issue younger people were voting on. And his inability to discuss other social justice issues led to his ultimate failure to attract those voters.

    The GOP is done unless they can bring in some innovative thinkers and reinvent their party. What occurred this election cycle was shameful. I wouldn’t dare condone their divisive politics. It’s not how you unite anybody. Obama did a great job of highlighting commonalities and working from there.

    So on that note, you’re right about me. I do want to see a better America than the one we have now. I’m not convinced that either party has the ability to pull it off. Gaining and controlling power seems to be their primary objective as opposed to actually leading. And I’m certainly not excited about seeing a Democratic controlled congress that was utterly worthless since 2006 gain more control.

    Finally, remember when forming your opinions about any group that the media will only highlight the extremists. (And the media loves to highlight the religious extremists.) The wacko protesting at funerals is bizarre and has a church of 40 people (almost all family members). It really is a non-story, but the media likes it because there’s conflict. There are many Christians and evangelicals (particularly younger ones) who think through many of these issues when voting. (I never said I voted for McCain, by the way.) People aren’t as monolithic as the media would lead you to believe. There are many people who typically vote Republican who were ashamed of the mudslinging and felt that type of rhetoric doomed McCain’s chances. I am one of them.

    I’ve enjoyed our discourse and I hope you see that you can’t put everyone who shares a differing opinion than you into a tidy little box. This is much better than presumptions and name-calling, don’t you think?

  33. XessQ says:

    you go Obama, you don’t need no stinking congress to OK anything you do.

    after all why would we want Congress to review anything The Obama wants to do

  34. feminazi says:

    Bush had no business engaging in signing statements that usurped the Congress. I’m delighted Obama will reverse them now and set the nation back on a course of righteousness and respect for the rule of law and fairness. This is why we elected him.

  35. Alright, where to begin. I am pro-life. I would like to think that we are all pro-life as opposed to pro-death. I myself am not sure about stem cell research, especially with all the advances made in creating viable embryonic-type stem cells out of skin cells. So on the one hand I can be against the destruction of that embryo. On the other, what about the child who needs the transplant? That would make it very difficult for me to say no, because that embryo could become a person. So I guess I lean to the left on that issue. That being said, Christians in general need to stop being such one issue voters. I mean, what about Jesus’ teachings about the poor, the sick, and the elderly, surely they have merit too; the Democrats are living up to that reputation. Just to close, didn’t Bush say he would stop abortions and stem cell research? That worked out well, right? Ha.

  36. Harry says:

    Stem cells could give George W. Bush the thing he lacks: a brain.

  37. toddyenglish says:

    I am so glad to know that there is a President who won’t allow religion to impede on America’s growth and development.

    I am so happy with America right now…Except that Prop 8 shit.

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