Obama's international impact yet to be seen

Sunday, January 25, 2009 | 10:00 a.m. CST

Loory: We have a historic new president with a background unlike that of any we have ever had: a black Kenyan father, a white mother from Kansas, an Indonesian stepfather, half sisters who are Indonesian and Kenyan, a touch of Ireland and a bit of Cherokee in his blood. There are Muslim, Christian and Jewish religions in his heritage. He entered the Oval Office and immediately started governing, setting an example in an economy grown greedy by capping salaries for his staff and enforcing limits on how much business they can do with the government after they leave office. He called for a suspension of some prosecutions in Guantanamo, in preparation for closing that prison. He also placed telephone calls to the leaders in Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan and Egypt to show a new interest in the Middle East. Will that work to his advantage or will it put too much pressure on him? Obama is off to a really fast start. What more can we expect from him in the next few days?