Thursday, April 30, 2009

Last night's presidential presser

By Creature

Overall another good job of deconstructing the issues for the American people by the president. I do think it's worth noting that, no matter how pressed, the president still would not call the Bush administration's ordering of waterboarding a "crime" (he called it a "mistake"). Surely disappointing, but I don't believe he's closing the door, whatsoever, to prosecutions. As his top aid, Valerie Jarrett, made clear in a post conference interview, it's up to the attorney general to make that call. And, I think, despite Obama's desire to look forward, that is exactly what is happening. Eventually the reality of illegality will butt heads with politics. Obama knows this, but it's in his interest not appear too zealous as we travel toward that road.

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