Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin.
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin
--Bob Dylan (The Times They Are a Changin’), 1963
Last November, the American people voted for change, and we’re starting to see results:
The most visible change at the White House has to be the smiles. Both President Obama and Vice President Biden look like toothpaste commercials--a pleasant change from George W. Bush’s “I’m President and you’re not” smirk and Vice President Cheney’s grimace that looks like he got a baby’s bone stuck in his throat.
President Obama’s first photo op in the Oval Office revealed a drastic change in White House decorum. It shows him working at his desk without his suit coat. This never happened during the Bush Administration.
President Bush adhered to a strict presidential dress code. He may have allowed the most deadly terrorist attack in the nation’s history to occur on his watch. He may have started two unnecessary wars. He may have authorized torture and other war crimes, and brought the economy to the brink of depression; but no one can ever accuse George W. Bush of removing his coat in the Oval Office.
President Obama ended the budgetary tricks the Bush Administration used to make the deficit seem smaller. Even after years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, George W. Bush refused to include their costs in his annual budget. He also ignored the $60-70 billion the government lost each year from not collecting the alternative minimum tax, Medicare reimbursement payments and the cost of disaster response. Obama includes all these things in his budget. Of course, this makes the deficit appear bigger (because it is).