His top priorities are stimulus proposals, the 'G-20' summit, and picking a Treasury chief.
Relief that the election is over could put some consumers in more of a spending mood.
Democratic control of Washington brings unity but also new demands.
Americans elect their first black president and deal a blow to an era of Republican ascendancy.
The Democrat's qualifications, not race, sealed his victory, African-Americans say.
But the McCain campaign, fighting to the end in key states, vows it’ll be a ‘slam-bang’ finish.
If prices keep dropping, the next president may find it harder to ease the US off foreign oil.
Both McCain and Obama cite the need for selflessness and service.