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Bud's Beat

President Obama's task won't be an easy one
By: Bud Pisarek, Loomis News Correspondent
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It’s only a few days away. Many have waited for eight years, some a couple of years and now it’s here: The inauguration of the next president of the United States. Barack Obama will be sworn in on Tuesday, January 20, to usher in a new agenda for the country. Obama won the vote by a heavy majority after a long and embattled campaign. All the world is watching to see what this new voice, this first black person to be elected president, will say and do, as he takes the helm of a nation in dire economic disarray. Even before he assumes the most powerful office in the world he is being criticized and congratulated by friends and foes. The handling of his cabinet appointments earned him high marks. Now comes the hard part. Obama needs to gain the confidence of those who voted for him and win over the support of those who opposed him. No easy task. Obama campaigned on the issue of change. Besides the economic crisis, there are two wars that need immediate attention. Withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan has to occur. The monetary drain on the treasury has got to stop. Howard Zinn, a historian and lecturer, said Obama has to radically change the direction of U.S. foreign policy, declare that the U.S. is a peace loving country. He noted the country has 100 military bases around the world. Those have to be dismantled. President Dwight Eisenhower warned us of the military-industrial complex and its time to pay attention. A turn-around from militarism will free up billions of dollars to meet the expenses of health care for everyone, create jobs and stimulate the economy. There you have it. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Easier said than done, there will be the naysayers, the military mindset and expected opposition from the minority political party. There is that old adage, “Now is the time to come to the aid of your country.” Get with it — time’s a wasting.