Staff Writer @JNoodles_Last Friday (August 1), President Obama took to the podium to address an incoming Senate report on enhanced interrogation tactics. During the conference, he revealed that, "We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks... We did some things that were contrary to our values." However, of the torturing, Obama went on to say that "It's important for us not to feel too sanctimonious in retrospect about the tough job that these folks had".He also admitted that he still has "full confidence" in CIA Director John Brennan. This comes in spite of Brennan's admittance that the CIA had illegally accessed Senate computers during a past congressional investigation of the organization's interrogation techniques. This comes as a surprise to some as, in the past, Obama has condemned Brennan's tactics as torture, though since then has not sought to pursue any of the prosecutable. These statements have opened up new debate since then, with people on the side of either continued torture or putting a stop to it entirely for reasons that are both linked to humaneness and finances. During Friday's conference, the President also addressed the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, proclaiming that there will be an effective federal response to the issue ahead of this week's US-African Leaders Summit in D.C. This is going directly against the wishes of some of his Republican constituents, including Donald Trump, who had some "choice" words on Twitter for doctors treating the ebola-inflicted outside of this country as we speak. Another big part of Obama's press meeting had to do with the sudden inundation of migrant children from Central America. It is no secret that House Republicans are wildly against the children remaining in America, despite all of this having been incurred upon a sanction passed during George W. Bush's presidency. Congress called for a temporary break for the rest of August that goes into effect as of this coming Friday (August 8). In the meanwhile, Obama claims that he's still full-speed ahead on finding a fix for this issue: "While they're out on vacation, I'm going to have to make some tough choices to meet the challenge, with or without Congress." Lastly, President Obama denied claims that the U.S. was losing its influence on world affairs. Often coming under criticism for being "World Police", the US has had its ups and downs in assisting other countries through the UN idealism. Now its role is arguably in one of the downward curves of the ebb and flow, and Obama addressed this as counting world affairs as "not neat" and "not smooth," though he also is staunch on his view of the conflict in Gaza. The U.S. will continue to attempt to restore the ceasefire it set between Israel and Hamas, and though no promises can be made, the President remarked that "we have to keep trying". Currently, plans to do so are hitting another standstill, as 30 individuals were killed in an airstrike just outside of Gaza mere moments after the latest ceasefire had officially begun, with musician Brian Eno stirring up new controversy in the UK after comparing America's support of Israeli forces to supporting the Ku Klux Klan. Lastly, it should be of note that, factually speaking, the economy is on the rise. Despite the doom and gloom in the media surrounding it, it has created more than 200,000 jobs for six months straight - the first time such a record could be made since 1997. Obama addressed this as just what it is- "a good thing" -but did not miss an opportunity to tease John Boehner and fellow House Republicans, saying that things would be much better if Congress acted on more of his proposals.
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