CHICAGO (AP) - At least in public, President-elect Barack Obama appears completely focused on the economy. Later today, Obama plans to announce a new advisory board made up of experts from business and elsewhere. He'll consult with them on matters like finance, spending, taxes and other topics. It'll be Obama's third straight news conference, but he cautions this sudden flurry of public appearances is less about undercutting President Bush, and more about assuring Americans he's ready to "hit the ground running" come inauguration day. Next week Obama plans to meet with the nation's governors, most of whom have huge budget shortfalls and painful choices concerning cutbacks and layoffs to worry about.
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