FROM William Leuchtenburg
Presidential Transition in a Time of Crisis Despite Barack Obama 's reminder that "there is only one president at a time," with the increasing urgency of the economic issues facing the country, America's President-elect is taking a more active role. This weekend he called for a stimulus plan to create two and a half million jobs. Just two hours after President Bush's news conference on the economy this morning, Obama held another one. Bush defended the government's weekend decision to bail out Citigroup; Obama announced his new economic team . While the two have pledged close co-operation, how difficult is it to address a crisis with one president leaving office and another one in the wings?
The Building Urgency of the Economic Crisis Just a few weeks ago, President-elect Barack Obama reminded the media, "There is only one president at a time." But with the building urgency of the economic issues facing the country, America's president-in-waiting is taking a more active role. Over the weekend he called for a stimulus plan to create two and a half million jobs. This morning, President Bush held one news conference on the economy, to defend the government's weekend decision to bail out Citigroup ; two hours later, Obama held another to formally announce his administration's economic team. While the two have pledged close co-operation, how difficult is it to address a crisis with one president leaving office and another one in the wings?
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