As Mr Obama and his young family moved into a luxury hotel opposite the White House, it was announced that Bill Richardson, his nominee for commerce secretary, was stepping down amid allegations of wrongdoing.
A federal grand jury in New Mexico is investigating accusations that Mr Richardson, the state\’s governor, gave lucrative contracts to a California financier because he contributed more than $100,000 (£62,000) to the governor\’s political funds.
In a statement, Mr Richardson protested his innocence but "concluded that the ongoing investigation also would have forced an untenable delay in the confirmation process".
Not even had the inauguration yet and already we have the first scandal.
It could be interesting over the next few years. Was Bush uniquely "corrupt"? The Republicans? Or are we simply going to see the same from the other half of America\’s political class?