Podem ler esta entrada na Wikipédia para ver como é que a coisa foi feita. Destaco a seguinte passagem, talvez seja útil em Portugal para a semana--notem que nem sempre as transições de governo nos EUA foram uma coisa pacífica, mas quando o país está em crise, é necessário defender os interesses da nação antes dos interesses partidários. Espero que os partidos portugueses estejam à altura na próxima semana. Portugal pode entrar numa nova crise muito facilmente.
The Bush administration reportedly went out of its way to make the transition as seamless as possible for the incoming administration, earning accolades from Obama staff members and outside experts alike. According to nearly all accounts, the Bush administration streamlined the process for new officials to obtain security clearances and planned training exercises for the incoming national security team, to ensure that they would be ready to face a possible crisis on the first day in office. Part of this enhanced cooperation is required by laws passed at the behest of the 9/11 Commission, while part is attributed to the difficulty that the Bush administration had with its own transition, which lasted only five weeks and was felt to have had a deleterious effect on Bush's ability to govern. "I'm not sure I've ever seen an outgoing administration work as hard at saying the right thing", said Stephen Hess of the Brookings Institution. "This is really quite memorable."