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At Last

We’re toasting the Obama’s tonight, as is the entire nation. That there will reportedly be a gathering of friends at the White House to toast President Obama in the wee hours is fitting. But amidst the party atmosphere comes news that President Obama has ordered a pause in Gitmo military tribunals. At last may be a song, but it applies across the board as Obama takes charge.

President Obama in white tie was the epitomy of class. First lady Michelle Obama wore a dress by Jason Wu. Vice President Joe Biden wore the traditional black tie, with Jill Biden in a deep red strapless dress.

Commander in chief Obama was immediately greeted with cheers.

“It’s a proud moment for us,” said Brigadier General Steven Huber, commander of the base, where many of the soldiers hail from Illinois, also Obama’s home state. “He is our new commander-in-chief and we will serve him with honour,” he told AFP.

But tomorrow, the party ends and the work begins. It starts with a meeting with President Obama’s “war council.”

Obama was summoning his holdover defense secretary, Robert Gates, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, to the White House, along with other members of his National Security Council, to discuss a way ahead in the war, according to two senior military officers. … The war in Afghanistan also was to be discussed, with the commander overseeing both conflicts, Gen. David Petraeus, scheduled to attend. Also scheduled to participate via videoteleconference were Gen. David McKiernan, the top commander in Afghanistan, and Gen. Ray Odierno, the top commander in Iraq. [...]

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