Like a good father, after boldly addressing the nation's ills and delivering a timely, firm, and reassuring message for the country in his inaugural speech President Obama moves decisively to begin the work of reshaping America.
In his speech at the presidential inauguration ceremony on Tuesday the new president struck a fatherly tone as he announced that "the time has come to set aside childish things" and said,
"Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin the work of remaking America.''
But while some parents follow the mantra "do as I say, not as I do", President Obama is already demonstrating that he plans to lead by example.
As The New York Times reports, the very next day he moved to freeze the salaries of his top aides and implemented new rules dictating increased governmental transparency and tighter restrictions for lobbyists.
"For a long time now there's been too much secrecy in this city," Mr. Obama said at a swearing-in ceremony for senior officials at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, adjacent to the White House. He added, "Transparency and rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency."
Similarly on Thursday, CNN reports the president wasted no time making good on another campaign promise as he signed an executive order to close the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba within one year and formally banning torture.
If a president's first actions in office are any indication of what to expect in the following months and years, then Obama has set the stage for an action-packed, transformative new administration.
So hold on to your seats, America. Daddy's home.