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The last decision.

On the morning of January 20th, George W Bush stood his ground. Dick Cheney paced the oval office in frustration. He wanted a pardon for Lewis Scooter Libby, the man responsible for leaking the identity of a CIA agent. Libby's actions were dangerous and illegal, and were politically motivated. In refusing his Vice President's request, the 43rd president at last demonstrated who was boss.

Yet as Bush and Cheney clashed over whether to pardon one of their cronies, Obama was set to tell the world that he would not sacrifice principle for safety. This was a false choice, he told the two million people who gathered to watch him in Washington. He was ready to announce the closure of Guantanamo Bay, and state clearly that the "US does not torture". With these simple actions, Obama has achieved more in 100 hours than Bush managed in eight years.

For the sake of the country

Five people to fire