Obama: “nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past”

In a whirlwind week of change, President Barack Obama jettisoned Bush administration policy on greenhouse gases, shone an unforgiving light on its support for torture as an interrogation tactic and eased its restrictions on Cuba.

But there are limits, even to this new president’s power, and a campaign pledge to seek a ban on assault weapons is an early casualty as a result.

By DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent David Espo, Ap Special Correspondent

And while the promise of change was arguably Obama’s single most powerful asset in last year’s campaign, the week demonstrated anew how carefully he calibrates its impact.

“We have been through a dark and painful chapter in our history,” the president said in a statement that accompanied the release of once-secret memos outlining torture techniques the Bush administration allowed.

“But at a time of great challenges and disturbing disunity, nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past.”

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Michelle Malkin


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