Barack Obama and his transition team are looking at some of the first policies he'd like to tackle once he takes office ... Including an economic recovery plan and executive orders on issues like stem cell research and drilling for oil and gas.
It will be a new job in a new town for the Obama family. No
house-hunting trip is needed. Barack and Michelle Obama will visit their new home on Monday. She'll take a tour of the White House private residence. He'll talk national security and economics with President Bush.
Rahm Emanuel, Obama's Chief-of-Staff says, “There's an economic recovery package in front of Congress. Washington should get it done.”
Obama's transition team is focusing first on the economy ... helping his economic advisors with a recovery plan. And they say he'll choose a diverse cabinet, reaching out to Republicans and Independents.
Valerie Jarrett, Obama's Transition Team Co-Chair says, “President-elect Obama has an open mind. He's looking for talent wherever he can find it. He wants to select absolutely the best team that he can find and the team that will work together as a whole.”
Mr. Obama may have stayed at home and out-of-sight this weekend, but he's still the talk around town here in Chicago.
Books about Barack Obama are best-sellers at Hyde Park's 57th Street shop. In 1996, only a handful of people came to his book reading for his memoir, "Dreams of My Father". 12-years later, the crowds have obviously grown but he still stops by the old neighborhood store.
Irami Osei-Frimpong, 57th Street Books Clerk says, “To see the senator himself come in with his daughter to see them comb over books, engaged in the process it's helpful for the nation.”
And the nation is watching ... hopeful for a smooth transition from the Windy City to the White House.