I'm wondering how many executive orders Biden is going to sign on his first day. I think about 3 or 4 have been announced in advance (Paris climate agreement, rejoining .WHO, Muslim country travel ban, immigration reform...). Some things like immigration reform or new climate change policies seem much too complicated to put into a quick presidential decree. Other things that I've seen on the list are simple (transgender rights in the military, quickly leagalising 11 million "Dreamers") would not give a consensual image of national unity if unwrapped with the first day's presents.
Being president is probably going to be a tough job. I don't know if he'll have as much time to hit the golf links as his predecessor did.
I know it's petty but I find Jill Biden much more stylish and well-dressed than Melania Trump. Melania always looks as though Trump told her what to wear -- those belted wide skirts and stiletto heels.
I've seen a bunch of stories today about the deep cleaning done before the Bidens moved in. Also, their personal belongings were moved in for them today. I imagine most of the family rooms no longer look anything the way they did before. No pictures so far and believe me, I have looked.
I'm surprised that so many things can be done through executive action. Of course I was already surprised at how Trump could so so many things the same way. If so many things can be done with a presidential signature, I don't see much point in the legislature.
Lots and lots of those executive orders Trump signed were not viable & never implemented because they were outside the purview of the presidency. Some of the ones Biden signed today were relatively minor in scope, although will be broad in influence, such as the mask rule. It covers federal property, since the president cannot decree it everywhere. edition.cnn.com/2021/01/20/health/biden-first-day-health-executive/index.html
According to the figures I can find, Obama signed more executive orders than Trump - 276 to 212. Balance that though with Trump only serving one term. FDR holds the record at 3,522. For those serving one term or less, the following have issued more orders - JFK, Taft, Hoover, Harding, Johnson and Carter. I may have missed one or two but that is on a quick look.
Post by mickthecactus on Jan 23, 2021 21:56:16 GMT
I don’t think Biden has much interest in the UK. There is often talk of the “special relationship “ but I think that has been dead for some time. Obama didn’t have much interest and I just discount Trump whatever.
What I have read is that there is so much to repair in the United States that Biden will not being paying much attention to Europe or other continents for awhie. Perhaps he can send his Secretary of State on an introductory voyage.
Not only that Biden has lots of keep him busy domestically and on the international front with China, Iran, etc., but there is also his Irish heritage which was emphasized repeatedly in news articles. I think the UK is at the back of the line for his interest. In keeping with that remark about the "special relationship" being so special that only the Brits know about it.
Mick you must realise that he is part of the Master Race and that we minions should grovel before him. As for the so called "special Relationship", that is a one way street. Please don't mention the war, it took the Japs to drag America into it, kicking and screaming. Up until then the Yanks had been following their two main war aims: 1. to strip all the wealth out of UK by selling us overpriced arms, and 2. to dismantle the British Empire.
Man is not lost, only temporarily uncertain of his position
I am unfortunately with Mossie on WW2. Britain made it that the Allies didn't lose the war. Had UK succumbed or sided with evil or signed a truce like the French, there was NO way US could have come to Europe. So i think they would have left is there. In 41 FDR listened to Churchill. In 44 no more.
As for the special relationship, the first signs are that after 4 years of 'AMERICA FIRST' we will get 4 years of 'BUY AMERICAN'.
One of the first things Biden did was to cancel an oleoduc (oil pipe) or gazoduc (gas pipe) that would have made it possible for Canada to sell into US.
No way mate. We buy US, get lost, seems to be the message. Source : CNN.
Why not after all. And why did we all think US was an american dream and that they liked us ?
The cancelling of the pipeline does not sit well with Canadian PM Trudeau. Of course it's all about greed so no surprises there. For someone who paints himself a liberal, Trudeau's true colors have proven themselves to be just a veil.
Trudeau is trying to be all things to all people and it doesn't work. There are no Liberal MPs in either Alberta or Saskatchewan (the two provinces where the oil sands are), so he gets no political support from them at all.
The Conservative premier of Alberta spends his time complaining about the pipeline being cancelled, saying Trudeau should impose sanctions on the States (!), but the whole thing was a bad idea to start with. And there are two other pipelines that already exist, as well as indigenous people and environmentalists protesting about a pipeline that is supposed to run to the coast of British Columbia.
Of course, there are all those people who went to live and work in Alberta when there were lots of oil sands jobs (until the huge fires a few years ago), but there is no future in the oil industry, especially one which relies on high oil prices to make extraction worthwhile and also pollutes terribly.
his Irish heritage which was emphasized repeatedly in news articles
That is so much media doo-doo. It's hard not to think that it's something worked up to link Biden with JFK in the minds of people to whom that matters, &/or to work on the jolly identification with Irish ancestry that wells up on St. Patrick's day.