The jury is still out on Obama ... it could remain out for several years IMO. In the immediate future I am amzed at the reactions lately of some media people to who Obama has appeared friendly and/or cordial. I digress here ... since when are world leaders warm and fuzzy people? Since when are they elected in their countries to have the needs of other countries at the tops of their list. Many world leaders are self serving political power mongers ... we have them here also. Many of these people would not have been allowed to date your daughter when they were younger. Not to say they are bad people ... but warm, fuzzy and honest are not how they became world leaders is it? So what exactly is Obama doing lately? He's doing the job he was elected to do. He's our President ... our mouthpiece to the world via their leadership. He's not much different than them in the power craving department but he's at least better than most of them in the human decency area. Some of what he will do to protect our country and our interests he would never have even considered as a US citizen. He will protect the country .. perhaps better or maybe slightly not as much, we will see in a few years thus the jury will remain out for 2-4 years. He's making friends, sleeping with the fishes, keeping his friends close and his enemies closer ... all of that and more. It's what every President should do. Is Hugo Chavez really a bad person compared to Dodd, or Reid. How about Karl Rove or Donald Rumsfeld is he worse than them? I'm not crazy about Hugo or Ortega but I bet they would at least read the documents they sign ... if you get my drift. Let's cut Barack some slack here ... he may not be perfect but he's trying to create discourse ... it's what every President should have been trying to do in their term also. The media will report on the fluff, hopefully there will be some substance born of renewed and different relations with other countries. There's much to cover on this topic ... but I have bloviated enough I leave the floor to the membership at large.