Barack Obama is swiftly filling his Cabinet and outlining the direction of his economic plans, the Los Angeles Times reports, a decisive push unusual for a president-elect. “There's no question that Bush is still president, but people are looking for signs to see what's going to happen going forward,” says an Obama aide of the incoming administration's delicate balancing act.
Still, “it's a careful balancing act, because you want to bring a whole new face to it when you're in office,” says a former Clinton chief of staff. “But at the same time, there's an underlying concern that things seem to be deteriorating rapidly.” Despite several video messages, Obama hasn’t appeared publicly in two weeks; his news conference tomorrow is expected to firm up his course going into the White House.
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