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By Kaitlyn Fox — 1/20/09

President Barack Obama has a lot on his plate. The United States is
facing economic turmoil and fighting two foreign wars.

As
he swore to uphold the Constitution in his inaugural speech, President
Obama directed several criticisms towards his predecessor George W.
Bush. While Mr. Obama thanked Mr. Bush for his service to the United
States and for his “generosity and cooperation” throughout the
transition, he accused the previous administration for “collective
failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.”

Barack
Obama has long been critical of the Bush-supported War in Iraq. During
his campaign, he promised to remove all American troops from the
country in 16 months. Indeed less than 24 hours after he was sworn in,
President Obama suspended all pending trials at Guantanamo Bay prison.
This is a move that could signify its impending closure. The nation’s
new President stressed Americans’ need to “reject as false the choice
between our safety and our ideals.” Many opponents of former President
Bush have accused him of sacrificing morals to defend the country from
terror.

Barack Obama also declared an end to sacrificing
morals in favor of financial achievement. He pointed the finger at the
previous administration’s protection “of narrow interests and putting
off unpleasant decisions” as major factors to the current financial
crisis. However, as of January 20, 2009, the presidency of George W.
Bush has come to an end. It is Barack Obama’s turn to take lead
the country and create his own legacy.

Image Courtesy United States Air Force.