Tuesday, November 11, 2008

So it's been a week...

... since Barack Obama became the President-elect. Here's how some in the world greeted and congratulated his victory:
MOSCOW, Nov. 5 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned in a nationally televised address Wednesday that he will deploy short-range missiles near Poland capable of striking NATO territory if the new Obama administration presses ahead with plans to build a missile defense shield in Europe.
The threat, which came just hours after the conclusion of the U.S. election, appeared intended to signal Moscow's priorities to the American president-elect. It could present an early foreign policy test for Barack Obama, who says he supports a missile defense system against Iran but has also accused the Bush administration of exaggerating the system's capabilities and rushing deployment for political purposes.
CHICAGO President-elect Barack Obama's private conversation with Poland's president created an international disagreement Saturday, with President Lech Kaczynski saying Mr. Obama promised to continue a missile-defense system and the transition office saying the Democrat made no such commitment.
I'd say there's a good chance both of those guys saw this video at some point.

And in Afghanistan....
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Wednesday that his first demand of the new U.S. administration will be "no civilian casualties in Afghanistan."

Karzai made an appeal to U.S. election winner Obama.

He spoke as the U.S. military in Afghanistan announced a joint investigation with the Afghan government into reports that a U.S. airstrike this week killed 35 civilians, including women and children.
"We cannot win the fight against terrorism with airstrikes and battles in Afghanistan's villages," Karzai said. "This is our first and main demand, to stop civilian casualties."
Gee, perhaps President Karzai is aware that Obama said this during the primary?

And on the home front:
The true extent of the problems President-elect Barack Obama faces were laid bare in two separate reports on the state of the job market.
The so-called non-farm payroll report – basically a take on the service sector – showed that 240,000 jobs were lost last month, some 40,000 more than economists had been expecting.
This is the 10th month in a row that jobs have declined, pushing total job losses for the year to 1.2m.
The report also revised September’s figure downwards, to 284,000, the biggest monthly fall since November 2001, and down from the original 159,000 loss figure first estimated in October.

Welcome to the Presidency, Mr. Obama. You used to call these kinds of things "talking points." Now? You call them "responsibilities." Blaming Bush won't work like it did during the campaign, these are your issues to make decisions about now. I didn't vote for you and I don't like you, but as an American I hope you make nothing but correct choices. You asked for the Presidency and now you've got it. Here's hoping you know what to do!

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