Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Back at the scene of the crime

An interesting little nugget from US National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley's valedictory (as he sees it) speech with Q&A at the Center for Strategic and International Studies --

I was in the transition from President Ford to President Carter, and I must say I was surprised -- I stayed on with the new team for about three weeks, and all the vaunted secure filing cabinets in the Old [Executive Office Building] EOB were empty. There was not a single piece of paper that was transitioned to the new team. And I've always thought this was very -- not good governance at its best.

The specifics of the transition in terms of paperwork would have been overseen by Gerald Ford's chief of staff.

That would be Dick Cheney.

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