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Mostly just talk

I enjoyed Corey Russell's column last week in which he expressed approval of President Obama's first 100 days in the White House (with the exception of the bailout and stimulation plans) because it made me think.

I did my own mental review of those 100 days and recalled that our new president came through on a promise he made half a year ago or more and gave his kids a dog, even though it wasn't a rescued dog that he had talked about obtaining for them.

He also talked about closing Guatanamo, but that hasn't happened yet. He's talked about prohibiting torture of prisoners, and he's still talking about bringing the troops home from Iraq. But he's also still talking about sending American troops to bloody Afghanistan, another country that's been at war for centuries.

Of course, Obama has taken some action. He upped his bowling score from 34 to 125 after making an insensitive remark about Special Olympics bowling participants, and he arranged it so organizations that offer abortions (among their other services) are now eligible to receive American aid dollars Bush denied them.

Hey, after thinking it over, I came to the conclusion that, except for those billions of dollars to bail out losers, our new president hasn't done much besides talk.

But I don't fault him for that. After all, socialism can't be accomplished in just 100 days.

/s/ Frances Potts, Sunnyside

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