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.

Related content

Comments

Videos

More Videos

Democrats yell "shame" on the floor of the House of Representatives 02:00

Democrats yell "shame" on the floor of the House of Representatives

Trump to Christie: 'You're not eating Oreos anymore' 00:19

Trump to Christie: 'You're not eating Oreos anymore'

Defense bill approved by House is "strong," says Speaker Ryan 01:43

Defense bill approved by House is "strong," says Speaker Ryan

Here's how a presidential candidate can qualify for Secret Service protection 01:02

Here's how a presidential candidate can qualify for Secret Service protection

TPP is good for American businesses, says White House 02:06

TPP is good for American businesses, says White House

Charlotte City Council nixes LGBT ordinance repeal vote 04:42

Charlotte City Council nixes LGBT ordinance repeal vote

'The dance Force' is strong with the Obamas 00:23

'The dance Force' is strong with the Obamas

Obama's advice for Rutgers graduates: 'Have faith in democracy' 01:20

Obama's advice for Rutgers graduates: 'Have faith in democracy'

Gov. Kasich suspends presidential campaign 01:57

Gov. Kasich suspends presidential campaign

Share Video

Politics & Government Videos