President-elect Barack Obama says the hardships many Americans are suffering economically are an "urgent reminder" that the nation's leaders must act swiftly to stabilize the financial industry.
Obama held his first news conference since being elected Tuesday to succeed President Bush. Surrounded by a large group of economic advisers, he said he has asked his transition team, specifically, to work on some ideas to help the staggering auto industry.
Rep. Rahm Emanuel, Obama's newly chosen White House chief of staff, was among those who stood at his side, along with former Feeral Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker and Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
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