Ready from Day One

A line from Hillary Clinton.  Take the politics of her and Obama out (meaning he won’t), the real issue which of course won’t get discussed in this election is that structurally NO president CAN be ready from Day one. 

This is a point raised by Henry Kissinger among others.  Namely that with the staffs of White Houses being so political/camp-oriented in nature, whole staffs change over from one presidency to the other, and there is 3-6 months of people literally not knowing where files are kept, protocal, etc. 

This is a dangerous, even unbelievable lacuna in the Executive Branch.  But don’t expect it to be remedied this time transition time next year.

Published in: on January 24, 2008 at 9:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

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