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Before the Oath
Author: Martha Joynt Kumar

ISBN: 9781421416595
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 16 June 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.2
Description:


It's one of the hallmarks of American democracy: on inauguration day, the departing president heeds the will of the people and hands the keys to power to a successor. The transition from one administration to the next sounds simple, even ceremonial. But in 2009, as President George W. Bush briefed President-elect Barack Obama about the ongoing wars and plummeting economy he'd soon inherit, the Bush team revealed that they were grappling with a late-breaking threat to the presidency: U.S. intelligence sources believed that a terror group with links to Al Qaeda planned to attack the National Mall during the inaugural festivities. Although this violence never materialized, its possibility made it clear that well-laid contingency plans were essential.

Political scientist Martha Joynt Kumar uncovered this secret peril while interviewing senior Bush and Obama advisers for her latest book. InBefore the Oath, Kumar documents how two presidential teams-one outgoing, the other incoming-must forge trusting alliances in order to help the new president succeed in his or her first term.

Kumar enjoyed unprecedented access to se...

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