Journalist George Curry, my guest on today's News Talk Online on Paltalk.com, offered his assessment of Barack Obama's first days as president and gives him generally high marks.
Among the issues discussed:
Obama's decision to not let TV cameras in when he took his second oath of office. Curry says the reporters who are criticizing this should get over it, but believes it was a mistake, one that likely won't be repeated by the new administration during the next pool coverage situation.
The president's early moves to make good on his promise to withdraw from Iraq. Curry says the president is making good on his promise and he's not overly concerned about the redeployment to Afghanistan. Obama, he says, should be given opportunity to assess the situation there before being criticized.
His nomination of Timothy Geithner as treasury secretary. Geithner's failure to pay income taxes, Curry says, was a mistake. He expects he will be confirmed by the full U.S. Senate and will do a better job of overseeing money allocated for the bailout of the financial industry than did his predecessor.
Obama's order to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility within one year. More than a symbolic move, Curry says. Those in U.S. custody are entitled, he argues, to due process.
Obama's race. Race, Curry believes, is less of an issue with most Americans than the need to get the job done. When your house is on fire, he says, you don't care the color of the skin of the firemen who come to pour the water on. And the United States, with all the problems Obama has inherited, is, he says, a house on fire.