President Bush To Write A Book

Really.

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 You know, I’m not quite exactly sure what it’s going to be, but I’m toying with the idea of maybe describing the toughest decisions I had to make as President, and the context in which I made them.”

Should I do the line on a mirror or right on the desk?

BREAKING: Roland Burris Expected To Be Sworn In This Week

Roland Burris is expected to take Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat this week, Democratic Senate leaders say.

The Secretary of the Senate has determined that the new credentials presented today on behalf of Mr. Burris now satisfy Senate Rules and validate his appointment to the vacant Illinois Senate seat. In addition, as we requested, Mr. Burris has provided sworn testimony before the Illinois House Committee on Impeachment regarding the circumstances of his appointment,” the two said in a statement.

“We have spoken to Mr. Burris to let him know that he is now the Senator-designate from Illinois and as such, will be accorded all the rights and privileges of a Senator-elect,” the statement said. “Accordingly, barring objections from Senate Republicans, we expect Senator-designee Burris to be sworn in and formally seated later this week. We are working with him and the office of the Vice President to determine the date and time of the swearing-in.”

Obama Preparing To Close Guantanamo

Elections Do Matter!

America’s reputation in the world is one of the two most pressing issues that Barack Obama faces as he takes the oath of office next week.  It is essential with President Bush gone from the White House that we start to again nurture respect for American leadership around the world.   Barack Obama as leader of the world’s superpower, can start to move in that direction by putting in place the process to close Guantanamo. It has rightfully earned us the scorn and anger from the world community.

Today comes word that this process for closure will start, perhaps on Day One of the Obama Administration.

Advisers to President-elect Barack Obama say one of his first duties in office will be to order the closing of the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay. That executive order is expected during Obama’s first week on the job — and possibly on his first day, according to two transition team advisers. Both spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Obama’s order will direct his administration to figure out what to do with the estimated 250 al-QaidaandTaliban suspects and potential witnesses who are being held at Guantanamo.

It’s still unlikely the prison would be closed any time soon. Obama last weekend said it would be “a challenge” to close it even within the first 100 days of his administration.

Adam Peterson’s Death Leaves Another Family In Tears

The news about the death of Adam Peterson came out of the blue, as no one expected it.  Much like the murder that he committed, which left Joel Marino as a most horrific headline.  Sunday as I watched the news and read the online coverage of this story I thought about the families involved.   Each in their own way was grieving a lost child, and trying to understand why such things happen.

I am sure that each of these boys at birth were greeted with the same volumes of joy and promise for a great life that all parents try to wrap their children in.  The dreams and desires from parents for their children is never-ending.  Even as those children grow into adulthood there were still the hopes from parents for a productive, and healthy life filled with good days.

The needless and senseless murder of Joel Marino ended those thoughts for one Madison family.  It was impossible not to feel their anger and sadness.  When the killer, Adam Peterson, was arrested there was a sense of relief for both the family, and the community.

But even as there was justified anger at Adam Peterson, there was also another set of parents who were distraught in Minnesota.  The parents of Adam were also grieving.  Granted, at that time it was not over the death of their son, but the loss of a son none-the-less.  They knew that nothing in their family would be the same again.  Mental illness  had consumed their child, which then resulted in the end of a life for a Madison man.

So the news of the death on Saturday night of Adam Peterson is just the latest sad and tragic chapter for these two families.  I am sure there are lessons to be learned here about mental illness, and the need to address it with therapy.  But all I can think of today is the sadness that two families are feeling about the loss of their sons who started out  wrapped in so much joy and promise.

4 Out Of 20 Senate Republicans Up For Re-Election Not Running

The new session of Congress just started last week, the Obama Administration not yet sworn in, and already there is a sense among some members of the Republican Party that this is the time to retire from the United States Senate.  

All this this looks like more trouble for the GOP, as 4 out of the 20 Senators up fore re-election are calling it quits.   This news means Democrats have more room to make gains in the Senate.

Ohio’s George Voinovich is just the latest to hang up his hat, and this seat has real potential for Democrats.   The other Senators, as of today, that are leaving are  Kit Bond from Missouri which is another possible gain,  Sam Brownback from Kansas, along with Mel Martinez  from Florida.

There is ample time to push the best candidates forward, raise the money, and make a difference in at least two of these states.  Florida will be most interesting given that Jeb Bush decided not to enter the fray in the mid-terms.  The economic plight in Ohio will make this prime Democratic territory, with Missouri a harder fight demographically speaking, but still a potential pick-up.
The fun just never ends.