Day 7

With a vote of 60-34, the Senate confirms Timothy Geithner as secretary of the U.S. Treasury. VBiden administered the oath of office.

Obama signs two presidential memoranda with the aim of getting the U.S. on the path to energy independence. He directed the Department of Transportation to establish higher fuel efficiency standards for carmakers’ 2011 model year. The other memo allows California and more than a dozen other states to raise emissions standards above and beyond the national standard. (Photo source: White House)

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