Barack Obama plans quick changes

Obama plans quick changes

Barack Obama takes over from George Bush on January 20th 2009 as the Republicans leave the White House for the first time in eight years.

His transition chief John Podesta told Fox News many of the Bush administration’s policies would be overturned without recourse to Congress through executive orders.

Throughout his presidency, Bush has broadly used his executive authority to put his stamp on a range of hot-button policy issues.

Funding for stem cell research and oil drilling permits are among the measures expected to be evaluated.

Offices within the White House are preparing extensive transition materials, the president said last week, while career employees throughout the administration are being given added responsibilities.

“These measures represent an unprecedented effort to ensure that the executive branch is prepared to fulfil its responsibilities at all times,” the president told White House staff.

“As we carry out this transition I know that you will continue to conduct yourselves with the decency and professionalism you have shown throughout my time in office.