Party's Over. Down to Business for Obama

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has no time to waste as he begins his presidency.

His day is jammed packed with important meetings and already the Obama administration is taking action on the controversial issue of the Guantanamo Bay prison.

Busy First Day

Click play for more on Obama and the war on terror with CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck, following this report.

With the dancing and parties now over, it's off to work for the nation's new President. It's a busy first day, meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other military advisors to discuss the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

General David Petraeus is coming back from the war zone to be at the meeting. Sounding somewhat like President George W. Bush, Obama made clear in his inauguration speech that America's enemies will be defeated.

"For those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you," Obama said Tuesday.


On Guantanamo Bay, Obama has already ordered the suspension of prisoner prosecutions for 120 days as the administration tries to determine how to effectively shut down the controversial terrorist prison.

As for the economy, the President will meet with advisors today about the financial crisis as the nation waits to hear exactly what Obama has planned.

"We'll be making a series of announcements," Obama said, "both on domestic and foreign policy that I think will be critical for us to act swiftly on." 

The 'People's' House

The new President and first lady Michelle Obama also will open The White House today to hundreds of members of the public.

They have said all along that they want to truly make The White House 'The People's House' and to usher in a new way of doing business at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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