Now that the celebrations are over, the first press conference has taken place, and the overwhelming feelings of relief and exhaustion after an incredibly long election cycle are starting to die down, the true impact of Obama's victory is beginning to sink in. The Associated Press is currently reporting that President-Elect Obama is already reviewing President Bush's executive orders on everything from oil drilling to stem cell research, in the hopes of overturning those orders when he assumes the Presidency in January, and according to MSNBC, "Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse White House policies on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive rights and other issues." In short: Obama, with the stroke of a pen, can undo much of the damage that George Bush has done over the past 8 years.After 8 years of going backwards, in terms of scientific research options, Obama "has signaled that he intends to reverse Bush's controversial limit on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, a decision that scientists say has restrained research into some of the most promising avenues for defeating a wide array of diseases, such as Parkinson's." Obama's pro-research stance may be why 76 Nobel Laureates in Science endorsed him for the Presidency this year. The reality that Obama can and most likely will reverse Bush's executive orders is a striking one: for so long we've concentrated on an end result as it pertained to the election: who would win? By how much? With what states? Yes, informed voters looked to the actual future of both candidates and the decisions they would make before placing their votes, but it's hard to deny that reading these reports and hearing that yes, our president IS going encourage stem cell research and yes, our president IS going to deal with climate change issues, is such a shock after the past 8 years of "No, No, No," that it's almost too overwhelming to believe. Things will not be easy for President Obama. The economy and the difficulties of ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will ensure a difficult few years. And it's not as if most of us think things will change overnight, but to finally have a president who embraces science, innovation, and the idea that we must, as a country, find better ways to solve our health and environmental crises than telling scientists that they can't do their jobs. Those 200 executive orders represent the mindset, leadership, and corruption of the past 8 years. It's just amazing to think that we actually have a President in the wings who is ready to reverse them, and ready to take us all in a different direction. Obama Reviews Bush Orders On Stem Cells, Drilling [AP] Obama Positioned To Reverse Bush Actions [MSNBC] 76 Nobel Laureates In Science Endorse Obama [Scientists And Engineers For America]