The party is over – and now the work begins.
US President-elect Barack Obama has already begun to put his administration together by asking Rahm Emanuel, an Illinois Congressman and a former adviser to President Clinton, to become his Chief-of-Staff.
Obama, who was voted in by a resounding majority on Tuesday, has until his inauguration on January the 20th to appoint his senior officials:
“There’s new energy to harness, new jobs to be created, new schools to build and threats to meet, alliances to repair. The road ahead will be long, our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term, but America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there,” he told supporters in Chicago.
Outgoing President George W. Bush said Obama could count on his “complete co-operation” during the transition period. There has also been speculation that Obama will ask Defence Secretary Robert Gates to stay in his post.
And, with the country in the grip of an economic crisis, observers say the post of Treasury Secretary will be another key appointment: “The American public is looking for decisive action by Barack Obama that will address their immediate problems. Of course the economy is most important and that is a very difficult task for a president. The president doesn’t have control over the economy, you don’t easily fix the American economy.” said Professor Alan J. Lichtman.
Political analysts predict Obama will bring a careful, deliberative style to the White House – earning him the nickname “No Drama Obama” and differing markedly from George W Bush’s tendency to rely more heavily on his gut instincts.