To The Point: Inside a presidential transition

(Diego Cambiaso/Flickr Commons/CC BY-SA 2.0)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The transition of power from President Obama to President-elect Donald Trump continues.

Some people say it’s chaotic, some say it’s going on schedule but no matter it goes this happens on a regular basis in this country. But what is it really like?

“To The Point” will take you behind the scenes with somebody who has actually been there and perhaps in the most chaotic circumstance, 16 years ago when George W. Bush was taking over for Bill Clinton.

A local attorney, Stephanie Quist was the Chief of Staff for Lynne Cheney wife of Vice President Dick Cheney.  She tells “To The Point” what it’s like in the midst of the transition.

“As you can imagine, you’re literally flooded with resumes and people who like to come and meet with you.  So I think some of it is just having good gatekeepers and staff which the vice president had given tons of experience to organize who he needed to speak with. Who he and then the president and other staff members needed to be interviewing.

“Starting from the top and working their way down. That is a process and I don’t think it’s quite as chaotic as what it might seem simply because it takes time to make those announcements. So there is order to it particularly when you have people who have been there before. What it is mostly it’s just the amount of work that’s done. It’s typically a 24/7 process. I would say what I thought was the most amazing was the amount of hours these folks could work and at a level at which they had to work and they did,” Quist said.

What is it really like behind the scenes when the power is transferred from on administration to the next? We’ll talk about that on this episode Nov. 20, 2016 of “To The Point.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s