morning in America
Barack Obama has only been president for a day (or two hours, if you're a FOX News lover), and already things are getting better. Not only did the son of the most diverse family in presidential history take the oath of office once again, just to be sure, but Gitmo is well on the way to closing, lobbyists won't get to run the show at the White House, and HE HAS OPENED THE ARCHIVES AGAIN.
Unless you do research for a living, you have no idea what a pain the Bush administration was when it came to freedom of information. They closed records that had previously been open (Seriously. In 2003, I could photocopy documents about U.S. activity in Tanzania in the 1960's, but in 2004, many of those documents had been reclassified and therefore pulled from the files. Never mind that the copies were still sitting in my office.) and kept scholars from getting access to new documents that should have been opened according to the thirty year rule. Why would they do that, you might ask? Well, whose presidency began almost thirty years ago? That should explain it. The Bushies didn't think that scholars should, you know, actually have access to real information about the administration of St. Reagan.
Glory be. Obama's people aren't afraid of transparency. It's a whole new day for those of us who need access to this stuff to do what we do.
In other news from the new era, al-Qaeda's being taken out by the plague (I am not making this up.), I now have a near-perfect example for my "Wikipedia is Not a Valid Source of Information" lecture/rant, there's a super-cool mosaic of the inauguration at the WaPo, Obama has a larger vocabulary than W (thanks, Ben), and The Baylor Lariat actually printed the words "Gay Men's Chorus of Washington" in a story about the Lobbyist.
The times, they are 'a changing.