Whatever else waits inside the protective cocoon that the Secret Service will erect quickly around the 44th president on Tuesday night, there isn’t much to read on the topic of How To Lead The Country Now. Nor is there any crystal case on the hall table at Blair House which reads, “Break Glass In Event of Collecting 270 Electoral Votes.” And despite what you might imagine after seeing those Nicholas Cage National Treasure movies, there is no secret binder of special instructions awaiting the president-elect in the National Archives.
And yet in 24 hours, either Barack Obama or John Mccain will quickly put several years of work behind them and turn to taking over the most powerful government on earth – and at the moment, among the most fiscally distressed.
So what does the winner do first?
From Time Magazine