Obama Will Dive Into Foreign Policy On First Full Day

02/20/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Michael D. Shear and Karen DeYoung Washingtonpost.com

President-elect Barack Obama will plunge into foreign policy on his first full day in office tomorrow, finally freed from the constraints of tradition that has forced him and his staff to remain muzzled about world affairs during the 78-day transition.

As one of his first actions, Obama plans to name former senator George J. Mitchell (D-Maine) as his Middle East envoy, aides said, sending a signal that the new administration intends to move quickly to engage warring Israelis and Palestinians in efforts to secure the peace.

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