5. New national monuments
On Wednesday Obama created two national monuments in the American West: the Bears Ears area in Utah, and the Golden Butte in Nevada. Both come with controversy; opponents say the action could hamper the economy. But there’s little recourse for Trump to reverse Obama’s action. No president has ever reversed a national monument designation made under the Antiquities Act.
The Trump team hasn’t issued an opinion on the designations, but Republicans in Congress from Utah and Nevada have made their displeasure clear. Jason Chaffetz
, the Utah Congressman, said he’ll try to get Trump to repeal the act.
6. Closing national registry
: Obama’s Department of Homeland Security announced last week it was dismantling a Bush-era program that was used to track mostly Muslim and Arab men in the United States. Dormant since 2011, the program, known as NSEERS, could have provided the basis for a Muslim registry that Trump has promised. He could still set one up, but the existing framework is no longer in place.
: His team has not laid out specifics on what Trump will do with regard to Muslim immigration, but he has retreated from his previous idea for a wholesale ban on all Muslims entering the country. What his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway discussed on CNN’s “New Day” earlier this month was not unlike the NSEER program. She said Trump would focus on “countries where we know that they’ve got a higher propensity of training and exporting terrorists.”
Have we ever witnessed any person, let alone the president of the USA work so hard to assist the enemy??? This can Segway into # 7, Gitmo transfers.
Is it because this man who can not see the forest on account of the trees or is he a sympathizer of theirs?? If what he pulled off in many cases were done by someone other than the president, there would be NO DOUBT that these were deliberate un-American activities. Might as well add the illegal, Sanctuary Cities.
7. Gitmo transfers
: The President has advised lawmakers of plans to transfer almost one-third of the remaining population at Guantanamo Bay to other countries before he leaves. Of the 59 prisoners remaining at Guantanamo, 22 are currently eligible for transfer, according to the Pentagon. Congressional officials would not say exactly how many the administration is seeking to transfer, although one official said it would be fewer than the 22 who are eligible.
: At a campaign stop in February, Trump promised not only to keep the prison open, but to send new detainees there. “I watched President Obama talking about Gitmo, right, Guantanamo Bay, which by the way, which by the way, we are keeping open. Which we are keeping open … and we’re gonna load it up with some bad dudes, believe me, we’re gonna load it up.”
This one has to go down in history as the most ignorant public admission any politician has ever made when John “The Puppet” Kerry admitted; he knew that some of the funds released to Iran would go to the terrorists. Essentially, this fool admitted he is going to help Iran annihilate the USA. That is beyond belief. I NEVER thought anyone could be so stupid.
8. Pardons and commutations
Obama action: Obama has reduced the sentences for more than 1,000 non-violent drug criminals and pardoned more than a hundred more. It’s part of an effort to instill fairness in the criminal justice system and bring existing sentences into line with current standards. Obama’s top lawyer has said the President will continue using his powers in his final weeks in office.
It’s not exactly clear what Trump’s position on clemency is, but his pick for attorney general, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, has been a vocal opponent of clemency for drug offenders. He has called past clemency efforts by Obama “an alarming abuse of the pardon power.”
9. Farewell address
Obama’s expected focus: Like past presidents, Obama is expected to deliver a formal farewell address before he leaves office. Widely expected to take place in Chicago, Obama could use the speech to push back against what he’s warned is a tribalistic and isolationist streak.
He’ll be writing his own “short” address
, he told presidential historian Douglas Brinkley. A spokesman for Trump’s inaugural committee, Boris Ephsteyn said, “They will be talking about uniting America, bringing American together. We are now in the post-politics, post-campaign season and that’s the messaging around this inaugural.”
As far as I am concerned as well as many other patriotic people in this country, the changing of the guard can not come soon enough.
There are 18 more days left until D-Day when the USA will once again begin to regain some of the pride and power we once had. It is mind-boggling to me that one man and his crew could inflict so much damage and walk away clean; while many of his sheep continue to glorify him for his accomplishments.
There is one particular race of people who should be highly disappointed and let down by Obama’s lack of support for them and that is the black community. It appears that I am not the only one with those sentiments.
This is an excerpt from something Eric Holder said to a black professor that criticized Obama.
“I’m not his ‘Inner Nigger,” Holder told Dyson, refuting the idea that his blunt rhetoric on racial issues while serving in the Obama administration was Holder articulating thoughts the president had as well but was too scared to express because of the potential political fallout. (Cultural critic Richard Benjamin had originated that term.)
I was always my belief that Obama tapped Holder on the shoulder as the AG to run interference for him. Holder actually admitted that much.
As we come to the end of the Barrack Obama’s administration’s rule I can’t help but wonder; just how much better of the USA is now than when the man stood on the platform with his hand in the bible 8 years ago.