War, economy, prayer to fill Obama's first day

Associated Press - January 18, 2009 8:43 AM ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tuesday is for celebrating. Wednesday Barack Obama gets down to business, with a schedule packed with diplomacy, war discussions and economic meetings.

Obama has been promising major changes on "Day One" of his administration. Among them, giving the Joints Chief of Staff a new mission to end the Iraq war "responsibly and deliberately but decisively." A top adviser says that's what Obama plans to do Wednesday.

Obama also recently told USA Today he will assemble a team on Day One to deal with violence in Gaza and other Middle East problems.

And according to two U.S. officials familiar with drafts of the plans, Obama is preparing to prohibit the use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques.

Obama will also meet with his economic team to talk about the economic crisis.

His busy day starts at Washington's National Cathedral for the National Prayer Service.

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