WASHINGTON - Just one day after his historic win to become the nation's 44th president, Barack Obama was choosing staff, setting up a transition team, and preparing to work with the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve on the financial crisis, according to sources and public statements.

Though he will not be sworn in as president until Jan. 20, Obama yesterday asked Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., a close friend and adviser who was a political and policy adviser to former President Clinton, to be his White House chief of staff, one of Emanuel's aides confirmed.

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