Today, President Obama hosted a town hall meeting in Elkhart, IN — which faces the nation’s fastest-rising unemployment rate — to promote his recovery and reinvestment plan. As the Washington Post’s Dan Froomkin notes, Obama traveled to relatively unfriendly territory: Obama lost the county to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) 44 percent to 56 percent. Despite that fact, the White House did not screen its audience, who had the chance to ask the president questions:No prescreening for ideology! It's almost as if the President was willing to listen to criticism and be a leader to ALL the people, not just the ones who like him!
In federal court today, the Obama administration signaled it would uphold the Bush administration’s state secrets position in a lawsuit regarding Bush’s use of extraordinary rendition. Five men who say they were victims of extraordinary rendition — including current Guantanamo detainee and torture victim Binyam Mohamed — sued, but the case was thrown out last year after Bush declared it to be a matter of state secrets.I can't help but think this has less to do with how dangerous these people are to the world (we could only benefit from information about that getting out) than how dangerous they are to the previous administration. Call it professional courtesy towards Bush. Good sportsmanship to a fault. Yes, I'm only guessing here, but what else can I do?
(h/t to Think Progress)