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Obama’s first 100 days: A timeline

world Updated: Apr 26, 2009 12:42 IST

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Here are some highlights of the first 100 days in office of US President Barack Obama:

January 20: Obama tells a crowd of more than two million in Washington that Americans have chosen “hope over fear,” at the inauguration of the country’s first African-American president.

January 22: Obama says the US prison camp at its base in Guantanamo, Cuba, will close within a year and says Geneva Conventions protections are in effect. He reiterates commitment to defend abortion rights.

January 26: The president announces steps aimed at making the United States less dependent on imported sources of energy.

February 3: Obama says he made a mistake after his candidate for Health and Human Services chief, Tom Daschle, withdrew from consideration acknowledging tax errors topping 100,000 dollars.

February 17: Obama launches a 787-billion-dollar economic recovery plan.

February 19: Obama makes first trip abroad with a visit to Canada.

February 23: Addressing Congress, Obama says the United States will emerge stronger from the current eonomic crisis and pledges to cut the deficit by half by 2013.

February 26: The president unveils the 2010 budget, with a record deficit of 1.75 trillion dollars.

February 27: The president announces most US soldiers will be withdrawn from Iraq by late August 2010, with a full withdrawal set for late 2011.

March 20: Obama directly addresses Iran’s people and leaders, encouraging them to overcome almost 30 years of tensions.

March 26: The president demands that the auto industry, amid government-backed restructuring, take dramatic and painful steps.

March 27: Onbama unveils a new US strategy in Afghanistan.

April 1: With Obama on a European trip, he agrees with his Russian counterpart Dmitri Medvedev to start discussions on reducing strategic nuclear weapons.

April 5: In Prague, Obama says the United States will take the lead on efforts aimed at confronting climate change.

April 6: On a visit to Turkey, Obama supports its efforts to join the European Union. He also says the Annapolis peace process and roadmap are the way to peace in the Middle East.

April 7: Obama pays surprise visit to Iraq.

April 13: The president lifts restrictions on trips by Cuban-Americans to Cuba, and allows them to send as much money as they want to relatives in Cuba.

April 17: At the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad, Obama calls for a new era of dialogue between the United States and Latin America, and reiterates he is willing to talk to Cuba. He shakes hands with harsh US critic Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

April 21: Obama leaves a door open to prosecuting former officials who authorized terror interrogations seen by critics as torture, but urges CIA staff not to fret.