Jackson: Transition teams get a head start on the White House
In the News
June 26, 2016
The whole time Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton was running against President George H.W. Bush in 1992, his campaign made no plans for the transition to power because it would have been seen as presumptuous.
“I think almost certainly he would have been accused of measuring the drapes,” said Thomas “Mack” McLarty, Clinton’s first chief of staff in the White House.
Today, there’s a concerted effort both inside and outside the government to argue that transitions are too important to be left to the 73 days between Election Day and Inauguration Day, a time a president-elect not only must shift from campaigning to governing but also begin to fill 4,000 jobs, including 1,100 that require Senate confirmation.