Obama to Upend Policies With Exec Orders

Prez-elect may enact own oil, stem cell plans in January
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 9, 2008 6:38 PM CST
Barack Obama signs a copy of his new book 'Audacity of Hope' at the Barnes & Noble bookstore October 18, 2006 in Skokie, Illinois.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – President-elect Obama plans to use his executive powers to make an immediate impact when he takes office, perhaps reversing Bush administration policies on stem cell research and domestic drilling for oil and natural gas, the AP reports. John Podesta, Obama's transition chief, said today Obama is reviewing President Bush's executive orders in an effort to undo policies enacted during 8 years of Republican rule.

He said the president can use such orders to move quickly on his own. "There's a lot that the president can do using his executive authority without waiting for congressional action, and I think we'll see the president do that," Podesta said. "I think that he feels like he has a real mandate for change. We need to get off the course that the Bush administration has set."