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Before the Oath: How George W. Bush and Barack Obama Managed a Transfer of Power
 
 
 

“Before the Oath: How George W. Bush and Barack Obama Managed a Transfer of Power”
Book Release with Author Martha Kumar

 
On Thursday, July 9, the Partnership for Public Service celebrated Martha Kumar’s new book, "Before the Oath: How George W. Bush and Barack Obama Managed a Transfer of Power," an outstanding contribution to our understanding of presidential transitions. "Before the Oath" examines the events of the historic 2008-2009 transition between George W. Bush and Barack Obama through the eyes of its participants, and highlights best practices for future transitions. Read More...
 
Managing the President's Message - The White House Communications Operation
  Managing the President's Message - The White House Communications Operation  
Political scientists are rarely able to study presidents from inside the White House while presidents are governing, campaigning, and delivering thousands of speeches. It's even rarer to find one who manages to get officials such as political adviser Karl Rove or presidential counselor Dan Bartlett to discuss their strategies while those strategies are under construction. But that is exactly what Martha Joynt Kumar pulls off in her fascinating new book, which draws on her first—hand reporting, interviewing, and original scholarship to produce analyses of the media and communications operations of the past four administrations, including chapters on George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.  Read More...
 
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