This editorial appeared in The Miami Herald.
The executive orders issued by President Barack Obama during his first days in office represent a striking reversal of some of the most controversial policies of his predecessor, from torture to transparency in government to ethical behavior by high-ranking employees. Mr. Obama is running into speed bumps in the Senate on some of his Cabinet choices, but his early decisions are a solid down-payment on his promise to deliver change.
If Mr. Obama's actions are any indication of the future, the government will be more open, civil liberties will be honored and public service will be seen as a privilege, not a path to personal benefit.
Most Americans do not expect – or want – their president to act like Captain Picard of Star Trek, who could impose his will with a simple command – Make it so! – but elections do have consequences. Mr. Obama's decisions show his intent to deliver on promises made on the campaign trail. His convincing victory at the polls reflects the popular support behind these measures.
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