During the campaign, Candidate Obama has promised that he would bring change to Washington and this may just be a prime example of it happening. Months before, if one politician disagreed with another a sworn enemy was made. I have to admit though that this was not the case several years ago. Republicans and Democrats would disagree quite often and strongly but after the debate was over, they were still able to sit down and eat dinner together or join the other in other social settings without hostility. That seems like eons ago because now we have those in office who can not say anything nice about the other unless they belong to the same party. What a helluva lesson we are teaching our children. The battle between Nancy Pelosi and the President is so refreshing. Each one standing up for what they believe but are also willing to compromise in order to do what is best for the nation as a whole. Now that’s my kind of America. The focus of this disagreement is best described in this backdrop article.
“Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama are unlikely political foes, but the House Speaker is in the middle of an ugly fight with the President – as well as the CIA and powerful House and Senate Democrats and Republicans – about Congress’s watchdog powers over the U.S. intelligence services.” “Bucking a veto threat by President Obama and overruling a deal cut between the White House, Republicans and two Democratic committee chairmen, House Speaker Pelosi is pushing to dramatically expand Congressional oversight of the CIA and other intelligence agencies.” “At issue is Congress’ ability to monitor the intelligence programs deemed most sensitive and closely held by the executive branch.” “And the battle is turning into the biggest confrontation yet over executive power between the liberal House Speaker and a White House that has moved steadily to the center on national security matters.” “The speaker has made it very clear that she wants disclosure for the full membership of the intelligence committees, not just the ranking members,” says Pelosi’s press secretary, Brendan Daly.” “Pelosi is negotiating with the White House over a possible compromise.” “Although she has pushed hardest to open notification beyond the “Gang of Eight,” advocates for diminished government secrecy say that GAO oversight is more consequential.” (Calabresi, Massimo, 6/25/2010, Time, Pelosi Faces off with Obama on CIA Oversight, Retrieved from firstname.lastname@example.org).
Regardless of the outcome, I believe that these two will come continue to work for the good of this nation. I believe that each not being afraid to stand up for what they believe in will make the process better and this country as well.