BARACK Obama said last night he did not expect to honour his campaign pledge to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in his first 100 days in office, but the US president-elect reiterated his vow to shut the facility eventually.
The timetable shift came as Mr Obama hit back at critics of hiseconomic rescue plan, saying tax cuts and spending would create as many as 4.1 million jobs, up from the three million he said were needed to lift the country from recession.
"It is more difficult than I think a lot of people realise," Mr Obama told American ABC television's This Week, when asked about his promise to close the controversial military prison, which still holds about 250 terrorist suspects.
"I think it's going to take some time and our legal teams are working in consultation with our national security apparatus, as we speak, to help design exactly what we need to do."
Monday, 12 January 2009
Obama - countdown to disappointment
My friends, everyone knows there are plenty out there who think Obama is the Messiah, but how long will it take before they realise that he is, in fact, just a very naughty boy?
With all the emotional baggage invested in his Presidency, with the cathartic release offered by the removal of the Republicans from the White House, how long will it take for him to let down his global fan club? Well, it seems that he doesn't even have to wait to get his feet under Oval Office desk before his first disappointment hits the fan (Obama axes Gitmo from 100-day list, The Australian, January 12 2009)...