Two quick conversations, along with that delightful fact from yesterday that Obama did an executive order that nullifies Every Single Legal Order and Opinion on Interrogation From the Bush Years, are making me feel very happy today.
I was talking to Deepak Bhargava, President of one of the leading groups on poverty issues in the country. He said that he and his staff had gone over the Economic Recovery bill with a fine tooth comb, and to his delight it was the "best piece of legislation for helping poor people he had ever seen". Pretty high praise.
I ran into Jim Zogby of the Arab-American Institute over the lunch hour, and he said that between the call to Abbas, the appointment of a major player like Mitchell to be the Mideast peace envoy, and the executive orders, that Obama had been signed did more to advance the Mideast peace process in 48 hours than had been done in the previous 8 years, by far.
I know there will be days when I'm disappointed, but I am feeling pretty good today-conversations like this make me feel like, however far we have to go, real progress is indeed being made.