The president, speaking yesterday in Cleveland:
President Obama said Wednesday that he wished he had brushed aside Republican objections and closed the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during his first days in office.
Obama's remarks on the controversial prison, which was opened in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, came in response to a seventh-grader's question following a speech at the City Club of Cleveland. She asked what do-over he would like from the first day of his first term as president.
"I think I would have closed Guantanamo on the first day," Obama responded to applause from the crowd. "I didn’t at that time because we had a bipartisan agreement that it should be closed." Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the Republican presidential nominee, had also championed closing the facility during the 2008 election.
There's still time, dude. You're still the president.
Honestly, I think I would be okay with Obama deciding to burn every last bit of political capital, leverage, and influence that he has to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay and send the people held there home. Every American ought to be ashamed and embarrassed about what has been done and continues to be done there.
There was an episode of Benjamen Walker's Theory Of Everything podcast that delves into the details of one particular detainee's experience. It is worth a listen: