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Obama / Day One #919052

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) Photos of President Obama's first entry into the Oval Office to begin business shown.

(White House: Jake Tapper) Obama's first day in office reviewed; details given about the economic downturn and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; scenes shown from the National Cathedral of the National Day of Prayer and from a White House open house for voters. [Disciples of Christ Church minister Sharon WATKINS†- preaches about values.] [OBAMA - talks about firm rules of the road for his administration; says public service is a privilege.] Obama's new ethics rules and a salary freeze for staffers noted. Vice President-elect Joe Biden's swearing-in of the seven confirmed cabinet members {photos shown} noted. [BIDEN - jokes about Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.] Obama's plans tomorrow to shut down the detainee camp at Guantanamo Bay and establish new interrogation methods mentioned.

(Studio: Charles Gibson; Washington: George Stephanopoulos) Obama's first day of coalescing symbolism and substance, the key confirmation of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, the naming of former Senator George Mitchell as Middle East envoy with former US ambassador to the U.N. Richard Holbrooke†† to be named envoy to Southwest Asia, India and Pakistan and the question of who will take Hillary's place in the Senate discussed.

Gibson, Charles;
Tapper, Jake;
Stephanopoulos, George

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