Before the Oath by Martha Joynt Kumar

By Martha Joynt Kumar

It’s one of many hallmarks of yankee democracy: on inauguration day, the departing president heeds the need of the folks and fingers the keys to strength to a successor. The transition from one management to the following sounds easy, even ceremonial. yet in 2009, as President George W. Bush briefed President-elect Barack Obama concerning the ongoing wars and plummeting financial system he’d quickly inherit, the Bush group printed that they have been grappling with a late-breaking risk to the presidency: U.S. intelligence assets believed terror staff with hyperlinks to Al Qaeda deliberate to assault the nationwide Mall in the course of the inaugural festivities. even supposing this violence by no means materialized, its probability 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 files how presidential teams—one outgoing, the opposite incoming—must forge trusting alliances as a way to support the recent president reach his or her first time period.

Kumar loved unheard of entry to a number of incumbent and candidate transition crew individuals, and he or she combines in-depth scholarship with one-on-one interviews to place readers squarely backstage. utilizing the Bush-Obama handoff as a lens in which to ascertain the presidential transition method, Kumar interweaves examples from past administrations way back to Truman-Eisenhower. Her topics describe in shiny element the demanding situations of sowing crusade beliefs throughout a sprawling government department as Congress, the media, and exterior occasions press in. Kumar’s full of life account of classes discovered and pitfalls encountered in the course of earlier presidential transitions presents an important highway map for presidential aspirants and their advisers, in addition to crusade employees, federal staff, and political appointees.

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