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Transition, Transition

With unemployment at a record high and the economic crisis only growing in America, the end of the 2008 campaign and election leaves a huge amount of work ahead for President-Elect Barack Obama.

Transition is a challenge with every new president. American Experience recalls George H.W. Bush's transition team and how even though he followed another Republican, Reagan, into the White House, he still made some drastic changes when entering office.

Speculating about who will serve in the new administration has quickly become the new favorite pastime of much of the media. Newsweek's Transition Toteboard keeps tabs on the top positions. The magazine also takes an in-depth look at some of the most difficult presidential transitions in history.

Already, the Obama campaign is putting the immense online community it created to work on the transition.

Just hours after Obama's win, the campaign launched Change.gov, a site for news about the transition, but also a place to share memories of the campaign and Election Day, learn who's who on the transition team, and even express interest in a job with the new administration.

But it's not only the office of president that faces changes. NewsHour looks at how the newly-elected  Senators and Representatives are setting priorities.


jackie said:

It surprises me to see no comments on this blog after such a momentous election. Is anyone still watching PBS? Or did the six month long pledge drive with Andre Rieu and the Osmonds finally drive away all the viewers? Nonetheless, it is truly marvelous to see an African American man elected to the Presidency. It is telling that the Democrats ran breakthrough candidates, a woman and a black person. It will be interesting to watch Barack choose his staff.

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