Politics & Government

January 25, 2009 6:00 AM

Obama's first days: Dramatic actions with a lawyer's caution

From his inaugural address to his first orders and meetings, Obama signaled that he wants to change the country's course, just as he promised, but that he'll move cautiously at times, work to build consensus and reach out to the right. He closed Guantanamo, but gave the Pentagon a year to carry out the order. He lifted a ban on taxpayer-financed abortion counseling, but waited a day to do so so as not to conflict with anti-abortion demonstrations on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

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