Tuesday, January 20, 2009

American Presidency Changes Hands: Smoothly

"Bush Bids Farewell With Secret Note to Obama"
FOXNews (January 20, 2009)

"President Bush welcomed President-elect Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday with a few hearty pats on the arm, a symbolic gesture to the transfer of power soon to take place.

"Obama and his wife, Michelle, walked up the steps of the North Portico and exchanged handshakes, smiles and pecks on the cheeks with the outgoing president and first lady Laura Bush...."

One of the things I like about the way America handles its national affairs is the relatively smooth process we've got for having leadership roles change hands. Most political campaigns remind me of the sort of discussions you see in the primate house, but once the vote-counting (and, on occasion, re-counting) is over, the winner doesn't have to take the White House by force.

The Bush-Obama transfer seems to have gone off with more than the usual civility.

That "secret note" business?

"...Keeping with a White House ritual, Bush left a note for Obama in his desk in the Oval Office, wishing him well as he takes the reins of power.

"'I won't provide any details, but the theme is similar to what he's said since election night about the fabulous new chapter President-elect Obama is about to start, and that he wishes him the very best,' outgoing White House press secretary Dana Perino said Tuesday...."

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