Obama's first days have been busy:
For all the talk about Obama not governing as a progressive, take a look at his first not-even-48 hours in office. He's suspended the Guantanamo Bay military commissions, a first step toward shuttering the entire detention complex. He's assembled his military commanders to discuss troop withdrawals from Iraq. He's issued a far-reaching order on transparency in his administration that mandates, among other things, a two-year ban on any ex-lobbyists working on issues they lobbied for. And now he's shutting down the CIA's off-the-books detention complexes in the war on terrorism.
As Yglesias mentioned, Obama's new pay ceilings for White House staff are at best a political gimmick and at worst a disincentive for retaining the most qualified public servants. But the rest is consequential, it goes further already than many (at least in Washington) were expecting, and I think it signals Obama's intention for bold movement right off the bat. All good things.