America hasn’t been this eager for the new president to take over since FDR ousted Herbert Hoover, write John Brinsley and Edwin Chen for Bloomberg. Then, as now, an economic crisis heightened the urgency for a fast, smooth transition. And while Roosevelt rejected Hoover’s offers to work together on a rescue plan, there are signs that this year’s president-elect will work with Bush.
That will mean abandoning the president-elect’s traditional place on the sidelines for an administration’s waning days. Bush’s Treasury officials say they’ll invite the next president’s aides to work out of the Treasury office, and some expect a new Treasury secretary named as early as the victory speech. “There’s only one president at a time,” says one expert on transitions. “But maybe we’ve got to think about an exception here.”