Obama keen to get to work says US ex-pat

PUBLISHED: 16:41 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:46 12 August 2010

NEWLY-elected American President Barack Obama won t wait until his inauguration in January to start making changes, according to a US lawyer.

NEWLY-elected American President Barack Obama won't wait until his inauguration in January to start making changes, according to a US lawyer.

Bromley resident and director of voluntary organisation American Citizens Abroad, Tom Conlon, believes Mr Obama will be keen to start tackling America's 'monumental mess' as quickly as possible.

He said: "Obama is not going to wait around. People have been laissez-faire for the last eight years but now I think we are ready for progressivism.

"He will address major issues straight away. He might look at unblocking a ban on developments in stem cell research and he will consider America's oil and gas reserves.

"This is a great opportunity, Americans are ready for massive change. That is the mood of the country and Obama has a lot of people behind him. People are talking about it like a Big Bang.

"Everybody is smiling. I can't help but think this is a new historical era for the US.

"We are not very well regarded by a lot of people and I can understand that but Americans don't like to be hated and there will be a greater effort to get along with people now. I'd like to see a return to the old America that people liked more."

Mr Conlan's former law student, Rod Blagojevich, is currently the Governor of Illinois where Mr Obama was State Senator. Mr Conlan said: "As is the custom, the filling of a US Senate vacancy will be made at the discretion of the Illinois Governor. It is likely that Rod Blagojevich will appoint himself to succeed Barack Obama in the US Senate."

Mr Conlan moved to Britain in 1972 and has represented actor and comedian Peter Sellers, actress Julie Andrews and comedy great Spike Milligan.

He was invited to the American Embassy for election evening last Thursday by US Ambassador Robert Tuttle, who came under fire from both Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson for failing to pay three years worth of congestion charges.

Speaking about the atmosphere at the Embassy, Mr Conlan said: "Everyone was there enjoying the free food, drink and jazz music. I left at around 4am after Obama took Ohio which is always a key state. There were lots of British media and politicians there. It was quite overwhelming."

Although optimistic, Mr Conlan warned there is a long way to go before Americans can feel secure again.

He said: "We are going to go further down in order to come up. America is under construction and we're going to be like that for a while.

"Obama has himself a monumental mess which I wouldn't wish on anyone. The UK is about eight or nine months behind the US. In Michigan now, people are very worried about Ford, Chrysler and General Motors which employs 300,000 people. There is great fear.

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