02/15/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Vows To Tackle Gaza Crisis Immediately After Inauguration

WASHINGTON -- President-elect Barack Obama, who has focused mostly on the nation's economic travails, says he will appoint a team immediately after his inauguration Tuesday to address "on Day One" the crisis in Gaza and brewing troubles across the Middle East.

"We've got a regional set of problems," Obama said in a wide-ranging interview with USA TODAY, noting challenges in Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as Gaza. "They're not going to be solved in isolation. We've got to be active in all these areas in order for us to be successful in any of these areas."