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Friday, December 30, 2016


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The History Channel has intelligently crafted a special that is an absolute must-see for Americans and all that love America: 
 “Transition of Power: The Presidency,” airing Sunday, January 8 at 9pm ET/PT.  

This special brilliantly puts into context the singular sensation of American transition of power, and specifically, it puts the upcoming election in a proper historical context.  No matter where you stand politically, everyone should be proud and thankful to be an American and the History Channel reminds us how well-put-together our transition of power truly is, especially with the impact of terrorism.  What you didn't know before this special is immense, even if you have a B.A. in American History.

It is important to give credit where credit is due, and President Truman deserves a lot of the credit for the evolution of this transition.  As he took office during the 4th FDR term, Truman was actually in his first term as VP and certainly must have felt he was baptized by fire in the midst of World War Two.  Every President post-Truman and everyone that appreciates American stability will learn exactly what Truman did to ensure this and improve the procedures.  Life can be all about "Plan B" and you'd better have one!

Though we live in a crazy world today, over the last 240 years, today is certainly not an unstable time in context; we are NOT:
*in the midst of Civil War
*in the midst of World War I or World War II
*confronting the consequences of an assassination
*in hostage negotiations

Also, the time period from Election Day to Inauguration is shorter than it once was (it used to be held in March.)  The History Channel delves deep into how Presidents recorded their work (hats off to JFK for his smart method!) even when it lead to their demise (Nixon!).

We sing the praises of British and Irish television because as a whole it is better than ours, however, the History Channel does fabulous work that earns high accolades.

We would say to everyone watching, particularly those that were elected to office or that hold office: you can learn a lot from President Reagan and Tip O'Neill who at the end of the day, got along and raised their glass at 5pm for the good of our country.  Their collegial attitude is laudable and should be emulated.

And P.S. for every parent that is asking their college student what they can do with their History degree, here's your answer.  (Follow the Boston College History Department on Twitter here! Where do you think the Tip O'Neill library is, silly?)

Transition of Power: The Presidency by The History Channel is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.

What does it take to transition the most powerful office in the world? HISTORY® provides an inside look at the presidential hand-over process from election to inauguration and beyond in an original two-hour special, “Transition of Power: The Presidency,” airing Sunday, January 8 at 9pm ET/PT.

At exactly 12 noon on January 20, 2017, President Barack Obama, commander-in-chief of the world’s most powerful nation, will voluntarily relinquish control to a new leader and a new administration. Donald J. Trump will become the 45th U.S. President in an instant, but what many people do not realize is that for months, hundreds of people have been hard at work to make the transition from one president to the next as seamless as possible.

The peaceful, orderly transition of executive power from one leader to another is an American practice. When President George Washington first transferred power to his successor, John Adams, in 1796, it was a radical idea, unprecedented in world history. Over the next two centuries, the practice has continued unbroken by the shadow of war, the stain of scandal, or the wake of sudden tragedy, and remains a signature achievement of our constitution.

“Transition of Power: The Presidency” features rare, archival material and footage, interviews with presidential historians and first-hand accounts from high-level executive staff who share insights into the legacy and process of former presidential transitions. Focusing on the period between election and inauguration day, this two-hour special reveals details surrounding key milestones of the modern transition process including security briefings, cabinet selection and the transfer of the nuclear football. 

The special reveals the challenges and complications that accompany the vital and celebrated transfer of power through a look at the most notable presidential transitions in U.S. history, including: the aftermath of the 2000 Gore/Bush recount and its impact on the transition mere months before 9/11; recently declassified White House tapes revealing then-candidate Richard Nixon’s interference with the Vietnam peace process; the sudden death of FDR during the crisis of WWII; and rarely seen footage of Jimmy Carter’s eleventh hour efforts to secure the release of American hostages in Iran.

“Transition of Power: The Presidency” is produced for HISTORY by Anvil 1893 Entertainment. Eric Schotz and Ruth Rivin are executive producers for Anvil 1893 Entertainment. Kristen Burns serves as executive producer for HISTORY. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for “Transition of Power: The Presidency.”

HISTORY®, now reaching more than 96 million homes, is the leading destination for award-winning series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across all platforms. The network’s all-original programming slate features a roster of signature series including “Pawn Stars,” “American Pickers,” “The Curse of Oak Island,” “Alone” as well as the hit drama series “Vikings.” The HISTORY website is located at Follow us on Twitter at and Facebook at

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