Pitiful Giants pp 171-187 | Cite as

Conclusion: The Public Good and the Limits of the Leaving President

  • Daniel P. Franklin
Part of the The Evolving American Presidency Series book series (EAP)


In this book I have examined presidential transitions from the perspective of the leaving administration. If there is one characteristic shared by lame duck presidents it is that, freed from the demands of running for office, they become the persons they are. If they are worried about money, they look for work. If they are in poor health, they scale back their activities. If they are embarrassed by the performance of their administrations they seek redemption. And if they fear the policies of the party opposite, they try in every way they can to lock in policies they have already set in place.


Executive Order Term Limit Presidential Candidate Presidential Transition Partisan Politics 
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