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Scenes from the first Friday of the Obama administration

January 23, 2009 |  5:33 pm

With their first week in power coming to a close in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama and his White House staff sat down and went straight to business. After the order to close the prison on Guantanamo Bay was signed yesterday, Obama went to work tackling the other looming problems in the United States.

President Barack Obama tried to encourage cooperation at a bipartisan meeting of congressional leaders at the White House to discuss the $825 billion stimulus plan.

Obama tried to encourage cooperation at a bipartisan meeting of congressional leaders at the White House to discuss the $825-billion stimulus plan. Attendees included, from left, Rep. James Clyburn, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, House Minority Leader John Boehner, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  (More below)

Across the table, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (3rd-L-Left table) and Vice President Joe Biden listen as U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd-R) speaks. 

Across the table, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Vice President Joe Biden listened as President Obama spoke.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leaves the West Wing with a smile.

Pelosi left with a smile after a press conference as the stimulus package tries to make its way through Congress.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) employees at their headquarters.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke to U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) employees at their headquarters. Clinton commented that U.S. foreign aid should be strengthened with more funding and better coordination with military assistance programs in war zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

USAID's Acting Administrator Kent Hill (2R) and Vice President of the American Foreign Service Association Francisco Zamora listen to Clinton.

USAID's Acting Administrator Kent Hill (center) and Vice President of the American Foreign Service Association Francisco Zamora listened to Clinton, who delivered her speech at the Ronald Reagan building. 

Outside the White House, anti-abortion demonstrators knelt in prayer in front of the White House during a rally to call for an end to the abortion of 1,400 African-American children in the US every day.

Outside the White House, anti-abortion demonstrators knelt in prayer in front of the White House during a rally to call for an end to abortion in the U.S. Today is the day after the 36th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision.

The rally was led by anti-abortion activist Alveda King, a niece of Martin Luther King Jr.

The rally was led by anti-abortion activist Alveda King, a niece of Martin Luther King Jr. Obama signed an executive order reversing the ban on U.S. funding for international family-planning clinics that provide abortions or referrals to abortions.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs steps into his new role.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs stepped into his new role and fielded questions from the news media during his second day of delivering the press briefing in the White House. Gibbs responded on topics ranging from the economy to the president's BlackBerry.

The book of President Barack Obama's speeches and accompanying CD has become a national best-seller for those trying to learn English.

In Japan, Maruzen book store staff Daisuke Tanaka adjusts "The Speeches of Barack Obama," and other Obama books in Tokyo. The book of speeches and accompanying CD has become an unprecedented national best-seller for those studying English.

 Obama merchandise still fills the streets of Washington D.C.

Meanwhile, Obama merchandise still lines the streets of Washington, D.C. If the vendors can't unload all their inventory, there appears to be quite a demand around the world.

-- Michelle Castillo

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Photo credits (from top): Mark Wilson / Pool via Bloomberg News; Itsuo Inouye / AP Photo; Mark Wilson / Getty Images; Shawn Thew / EPA; Jay Premack / Bloomberg News; Matthew Cavanaugh / EPA; Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty Images; Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty Images; Shawn Thew / EPA; Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty Images

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