Archive for January 19th, 2009

Calm Before the Storm

January 19, 2009

The concert on the Mall yesterday was a good start to the Inaugural festivities.  But today’s a bit quiet.  There’s a lot going on behind the scenes, though, in preparation for tomorrow.

Here are a few stories that begin to tee things up:


No Place to Go.  A Washington Post story this morning,“All That Experience and No Place to Go,” paints a picture of how many long-time Bush aides are just now deluging Washington headhunters with pleas for jobs . . . and the well is dry. They’ll soon find their calls aren’t being returned, as well:  “The traditional avenues of employment for outgoing officials – corporations, nonprofit foundations or think tanks – are clogged because of hiring freezes.”


Escort Services.  Federal News Radio’s Max Cacas reports in “Archives ‘ escorts this President into history,’” that the National Archives Presidential Libraries staff, headed by Sharon Fawcett, is already working overtime “right up to 12 Noon on Inauguration Day, trying to make sure that the paper trail of the Bush Administration’s eight years in office is preserved for history.”   Her efforts started back in October, with more than 400 support personnel involved.


Choreographed Move.  Newsweek’s “Powering Up” Blogger Daniel Stone reports in “A Carefully Choreographed Move,” that the White House staff will have exacting five hours to transform the three-story, 132-room structure from one family’s house into a home for another.”  Similarly, the General Services Administration will have to clear out the Eisenhower Executive Office Building and the other associated offices with the Executive Office of the President to be ready for the new team.