So much for being a dreamer. President Obama is truly on the case for women's rights, human rights, and general good sense after having been on the job for only two days. Apart from initiating his economic recovery programme, the President has ordered the closure of the Guantánamo Bay prisons and stopped the spurious trials; and issued a ban on torture and a review of US interrogation practices.
He has also lifted a Bush-era global gag rule that prohibited U.S. funding of international groups that perform or promote abortions, and has seen the Senate pass the Ledbetter Fair Play Act allowing women to challenge unequal pay. And with the FDA approving stem cell research, the acrid smell of lunacy is beginning to dissipate and the world is starting to make sense again.