Obamas on TV, Bingham on Iraq
In case any reader of this hasn’t already heard it, President-elect Obama’s first weekly address, delivered on 15 November, can be seen and heard on YouTube at
It lasts some three and a half minutes.
It’s also available on The Huffington Post (online newspaper) of 18 November at —
The meatiest part of the extended interview with the Obamas on the CBS “60 Minutes” programme on 16 November is at
The rest is on other clickable clips from the programme in the right-hand panel of the page (complete with Viagra commercials).
There’s also a transcript (with more links to the video clips) starting at
and continuing on several more pages (with a link to the next at the end of each page). It combines policy discussion with more personal stuff: well worth hearing or reading, IMFFHO.
Extract on government borrowing (George Osborne and David Cameron please note):
Kroft: Where is all the money going to come from to do all of these things? And is there a point where just going to the Treasury Department and printing more of it ceases to be an option?
Mr. Obama: Well, look, I think what’s interesting about the time that we’re in right now is that you actually have a consensus among conservative Republican-leaning economists and liberal left-leaning economists. And the consensus is this: that we have to do whatever it takes to get this economy moving again, that we’re gonna have to spend money now to stimulate the economy.
And that we shouldn’t worry about the deficit next year or even the year after. That short term, the most important thing is that we avoid a deepening recession. [Emphasis added]
The fullest account that I can find of Lord Bingham’s important lecture questioning the legality of the attack on Iraq is in the Daily Telegraph of 17 November, at http://bit.ly/dhFn. The full text of Lord Bingham’s lecture seems not yet to be available online. Lord Goldsmith’s response looks like the most explicit statement issued so far of the proposition that there was no need for a “second resolution” of the Security Council. There’ll be some comment on this soon in Ephems — watch this space.