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Obama picks Clinton aide in first appointment

Obama picks Clinton aide in first appointment
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The next president of the United States has had little time to savour his victory with much work to be done even before he takes office.

Barack Obama’s first task is to assemble the team that will help run the country from January.

He was swept to power on promises of change at the top and Americans will be scrutinising the choices he makes for indications of that change.

The first on board is thought to be Congressman Rahm Emanuel, a former advisor to President Clinton and a member of the Democratic leadership on Capitol Hill. He is set to become Chief of Staff, the top aide to the president who usually advises the leader on other appointments.

His task will be to keep wayward Democrats in line with Oval Office policy. But Obama’s administration will face many challenges, as he acknowledged in his victory speech.

“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”.

The president-elect is next expected to name his Treasury Secretary. And it is also reported he will keep Robert Gates on as Defence Secretary.