Transition of Power: The Presidency

Synopsis: A behind the scenes look of how the American Presidency is peacefully transferred from one person to another on Inauguration Day.
 
IMDB:
7.2
Year:
2017
120 min
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of the United States is

a $4 trillion business.

No private business even

remotely approaches it.

So imagine having

to take over

a $4 trillion business

in just a few months.

NARRATOR:
Each candidate

assembles a transition team

to lay our the plans for their

future administration.

Congress appropriates

a total of $13.3 million

to support this process.

LICHTMAN:
Hundreds of people,

in the middle of the campaign,

are involved in planning

this transition.

In effect, each campaign

is assembling

a shadow government.

MAX STIER:
If you wait

till after the election,

there's no way in the world

that you're going to be ready

to actually run the government

on day one.

What a great job.

(siren blares, stops)

NARRATOR:
A few weeks after

the candidates are chosen,

there is a crucial moment

in the transition--

the first top secret

national security briefing.

MICHAEL CHERTOFF: The nominees

get a certain level

of security briefing.

It's not the crown jewels,

but it's at least

some kind of general overview

of what's going on

in the world.

NARRATOR:
Classified briefings

ensure continuity

in matters of national security

but are not mandated by law.

They're a tradition

linked to a pivotal

wartime transition

and an incoming president

caught completely unprepared.

LICHTMAN:
Harry Truman,

of course, became president

instantly upon the death

of Franklin Roosevelt,

a couple of months into

Franklin Roosevelt's

fourth term.

He hadn't been vice president

during any

of FDR's other three terms,

so he was a brand-new

vice president

who had gotten

no intelligence briefings

in the middle of World War II.

GAGE:
The number of things

that he did not know

in that moment

really are quite astonishing.

He hadn't been privy to most

of the diplomatic negotiations

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