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Bush Signs Order to Give Up White House Keys Nov. 4

I don't think he'll have to make a reservation at the Pennsylvania Avenue Motel 6, but with one flourish of his quill this morning, George W. Bush signed the executive order to turn the keys to the White House over to whoever wins the election, on Nov. 4.

Though there's always talk of lame duck-edness, not much light is shed on the fact that the government can't wait until inauguration for the new team to start. With the order today, Bush established a transition council, a move that spokeswoman Perino says, "is especially important as our nation is fighting a war, dealing with a financial crisis, and working to protect ourselves from future terrorist attacks." Congress threw $8 million toward the project.

The candidates are both gearing up to take over the lease, too, as it were. Both campaigns' transition teams are getting full background checks for the first time as well as security clearances so that they, Perino says, “make sure we give the new team everything they need so they can continue to protect the country and address our economic challenges.”

To see how this move compares historically,


Bill Clinton had a similar transition team, an effort started in modern history by Jimmy Carter. Carter wrote the book on transitioning, starting before the primary season was over — he started in early June! He wanted a Cabinet-run government and meeting early allowed them to develop extensive lists of appointments, lists, and agendas but also internal conflicts which hampered his administration from the get-go.

Does the current climate require hitting the ground running more so than it has in the past? Do you get the feeling Bush has checked out even earlier than this order might indicate?


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scyahoo scyahoo 8 years
looking over his record, he is VERY lucky he is getting away without being impeached.
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
How about not having disdain for others just because they think differently?
True-Song True-Song 8 years
It's important to make sure your disdain for others is stated broadly and generally so it's not seen as a personal attack.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Deanna I think you are absolutely right!
audreystar audreystar 8 years
And this takes an executive order to do?
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
That does make it seem like a very long time, Adren.
Adrenalynn75 Adrenalynn75 8 years
And here's a web version of the countdown clock. It currently reads: 3 months, 13 days, 2 hours, 11 minutes and 5...4...3...2...1 seconds. Ack! That's still too long!
Adrenalynn75 Adrenalynn75 8 years
Just found some great countdown an application for Facebook:
Adrenalynn75 Adrenalynn75 8 years
Ah...just found some Countdown Clocks! Love this one for Facebook: Here's an online version that currently reads 3 months, 13 days, 2 hours, 16 minutes and 5..4...3...2...1...seconds. Ack...that's still toooooo long!!!!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
And with such eloquence too.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Good grief. Coming out of the woodwork with their sunshine for this one.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
:woohoo: :dance: Finally, the time has come for him to get his a** out of there. These 8yrs have been the longest and worst. Our country needs a change, instead of 4yrs of rotten (or possibly worse) policies that put our country in this mess.. No way, No how, No McCain.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
goodbye old man
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
cant stand this fucking idiot
NurseDeAnna NurseDeAnna 8 years
I'd put money down that we don't even have someone elected that night.
tweet-hotpants tweet-hotpants 8 years
:rotfl: @ undave. i thought the same thing
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
President Bush, As you leave, please make sure you leave everything that was here before you came into office. That includes the china and the silver. Oh wait, Hillary has the silver, so nevermind.
Adrenalynn75 Adrenalynn75 8 years
Ima...I just read McCain doesn't have a transition team ready yet...or at least has not reported on it. I know Obama has his ready to go...hey, ready to go on Day 1!!!! ;)
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
thanks for that info Ima!
Imabeliever Imabeliever 8 years
I guess the transition teams have a lot they have to do. They have to work with each agency within the white house that is moving out to obtain all pertinent information, protocol, equipment, top priority initiatives that were still running, etc. While then going through the process of vetting and naming people to take over the agencies. It needs to seem like a seemless transition. "Our enemies understand how potentially vulnerable we are in the transition from one administration to the next," Clay Johnson III, former Executive Director of the Bush-Cheney Presidential Transition, said recently at a forum on transition planning. "This is something we need to be very, very seriously prepared for." Obama released information regarding the requirements for his team I don't think McCain has yet. But he should
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Really? I would have thought the "anybody but Bush" would take over... Maybe its just degrees of happiness?
Adrenalynn75 Adrenalynn75 8 years
LOL! It'll depend though on whose moving in!
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
Good riddance. I can't believe eight years have gone by, though. It is crazy how fast time slips away.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
you and me adren! you and me! though i think you're probably happier to do it than i am ;)
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