After being up until 1:00 a.m., our new President attended a prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral.
He issued several executive orders, including:
- A freeze on salaries for White House staff earning $100,000 or more.
- New Freedom of Information Act rules, making it harder to keep the workings of government secret. (And requiring a third-party ruling before declaring communication or meetings secret.)
- Saying, “The way to make government responsible is to hold it accountable,” he ordered new ethics rules for “a clean break from business as usual”—tighter ethics rules governing when administration officials can work on issues on which they previously lobbied governmental agencies, and banning them from lobbying his administration after leaving government service.
He also drafted an executive order calling for closing the Guantanamo Bay prison facility within a year, got things rolling on the economic stimulus package, and spoke with a number of Middle East leaders.
Despite what I would have predicted, I think I am going to like this guy.