President Bush’s National Security Adviser on Wednesday revealed new details about how the White House is trying to prepare the incoming team of President-elect Barack Obama to hit the ground running less than two weeks from now.
“One of the things we’ve done is we have taken the 40 key issues in this administration and we have prepared a document, which, basically, on each one is a memorandum that says, this is what we’ve found, this is what our strategy was, this is what we think we’ve accomplished and this is the work that remains to be done,” Stephen Hadley said.
“And behind that memorandum is a chronology of events within our administration and all the various source documents.”
Mr. Hadley disclosed the details during a question-and-answer session after a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Mr. Hadley also said he is trying to arrange “some sessions where the outgoing [National Security Council] team meets with the incoming NSC team, sits down and has some briefings on particularly sensitive topics briefed to them together so we can have some interaction and they can get a sense of how the various departments and agencies are working together on some of these common problems.”
Mr. Bush has received high marks from outside observers as well as Mr. Obama himself and those on his staff for the way he has reached out to his predecessor and made it a priority throughout the executive branch that the transfer of power be handled as smoothly as possible.
UPDATE - More high praise from Mr. Obama for the Bush team, during an interview with CNBC Wednesday evening:
“The transition, I think, has been as smooth as any we’ve seen in history partly because President Bush and Josh Bolten and his team have worked very closely with ours,” he said.
- Jon Ward, White House reporter, The Washington Times