Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: Historical Presidential Transitions

Historical Presidential Transitions

Barbara Perry, Presidential Studies Director at the University of Virginia's Miller Center, talked about the best and worst presidential transitions.

Description

Barbara Perry, Presidential Studies Director at the University of Virginia's Miller Center, talked about the best and worst presidential transitions.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What is meant by a presidential transition?
  • How has the size of government and the federal bureaucracy grown since the Franklin Roosevelt administration? How does this impact presidential transitions?
  • Why does Ms. Perry describe the Buchanan-Lincoln transition in 1861 as the worst presidential transition?
  • What actions did President Lincoln take during the 1861 transition?
  • Why does Ms. Perry describe the Reagan-Bush transition in 1989 as the best presidential transition?
  • What actions and factors enabled the 1989 transition to be so successful?
  • What actions must a new presidential administration take during their transition into office?
  • Based on this, explain the challenges that all new administrations face.

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Abraham Lincoln
    • Crisis
    • Federal Bureaucracy
    • George H. W. Bush
    • Gulf War
    • James Buchanan
    • President-elect
    • Presidential Transition
    • Ronald Reagan
    • Sitting Vice President
    • Team Of Rivals

    Topics

    Campaigns & ElectionsExecutive BranchU.S. History

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity