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It’s one of many hallmarks of yankee democracy: on inauguration day, the departing president heeds the desire of the folks and palms the keys to energy to a successor. The transition from one management to the subsequent sounds easy, even ceremonial. yet in 2009, as President George W. Bush briefed President-elect Barack Obama in regards to the ongoing wars and plummeting economic climate he’d quickly inherit, the Bush crew published that they have been grappling with a late-breaking chance to the presidency: U.S. intelligence resources believed terror team with hyperlinks to Al Qaeda deliberate to assault the nationwide Mall through the inaugural festivities. even supposing this violence by no means materialized, its chance made it transparent that well-laid contingency plans have been essential.

Political scientist Martha Joynt Kumar exposed this mystery peril whereas interviewing senior Bush and Obama advisers for her most modern booklet. In Before the Oath, Kumar records how presidential teams―one outgoing, the opposite incoming―must forge trusting alliances so one can support the recent president achieve his or her first time period.

Kumar loved remarkable entry to numerous incumbent and candidate transition workforce participants, and she or he combines in-depth scholarship with one-on-one interviews to place readers squarely behind the curtain. utilizing the Bush-Obama handoff as a lens in which to envision the presidential transition technique, Kumar interweaves examples from prior administrations way back to Truman-Eisenhower. Her matters describe in bright aspect the demanding situations of sowing crusade beliefs throughout a sprawling govt department as Congress, the media, and exterior occasions press in. Kumar’s vigorous account of classes realized and pitfalls encountered in the course of previous presidential transitions offers a necessary street map for presidential aspirants and their advisers, in addition to crusade employees, federal staff, and political appointees.

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