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Opinion: Three terrible presidential transitions that hurt America

November 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Thomas Balcerski writes the US has suffered through some terrible presidential transitions in American history: James Buchanan to Abraham Lincoln, Herbert Hoover to Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Bill Clinton to George W. Bush.

(CNN)More than two weeks after Election Day, President Donald Trump still refuses to concede the race to former Vice President Joe Biden.

In reality, Trump is a lame duck president.

How Trump chooses to conduct the remaining days of his administration may yet define his presidency and prove a critical moment in American history.

Three such transfers of power come to mind — James Buchanan to Abraham Lincoln during the secession winter of 1860 to 1861; Herbert Hoover to Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the worsening economic crisis of 1932 to 1933; and Bill Clinton to George W.

Lame duck President Buchanan poorly managed the developing crisis.

But President-elect Lincoln wisely refused to accept any compromise emanating from the unpopular Buchanan administration.

The new Republican Congress was furious with Buchanan's actions during the lame duck period.

In one of the closest races in American history, Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W.

As the nation awaited the result, the General Services Administration, the agency tasked with smoothing the transition to the new president, withheld "ascertainment" from both candidates.

In response, Bush diligently worked to ensure a professional transition, when the time came to pass power to President-elect Barack Obama.

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