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21 January, 2009 - Published 11:49 GMT
Obama first day
President Obama has made his first efforts to roll back some of the decisions made in the last days of the Bush administration. Today he meets his economic team; he is also promising to get together with his military advisers soon to make a plan to pull troops out of Iraq. Justin Webb reports:
Last July, then candidate Obama made a promise about Iraq. 'On my first day in office', he said, 'I will bring the Joint Chiefs of Staff in and I will give them a new mission, and that is to end the war responsibly and deliberately, but decisively'. Since then something else has happened of course - the world economy has collapsed, and politically it's now more important for him to be seen to be acting on the economy than on Iraq.
Nonetheless, both subjects will figure in his discussions today. This administration is promising action across the board, so a number of executive orders are likely to come soon. Already last night the White House - in a memo signed by the new Chief of Staff - ordered all the last-minute regulations signed by President Bush to be put on hold.
But it is the economy that will dominate the early days of this administration - and on which Mr Obama knows he will be judged.
Justin Webb, BBC News, Washington
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