It would be unthinkable to send an NFL coach to a Super Bowl with only a handful of players and let him draft players after the game starts. To some extent, that is what happens in the world of politics whenever a new President takes the oath of office. On January 20th at noon, when the reins of power are handed over to the new President, he is now the head coach in a global and political Super Bowl, and it will be some time before his entire team is selected, vetted, confirmed and fully in place. Whoever the President picks for his team is a good indication of how his Administration views the world and what their priorities will be.
It has been eight years since Washington, DC welcomed a new president, and each inauguration brings a flurry of activity and a grand sense of interest in how the new leader will address a multitude of challenges the nation faces going forward. With President-Elect Trump having no public office experience, there is no history that would allow people to project how he will govern. There is only campaign trail rhetoric to give a sense of what his leadership will look like. Many have withheld judgement while waiting to see who he surrounds himself with in his cabinet and high ranking advisors. There are surprises in some of the positions, but a common thread among all of them is that they are smart, successful and have tough leadership skills. They will focus on reducing and streamlining the government while building private sector businesses and jobs. You will see a very unconventional governing process in the months to come.
Luther Markwart, author of Dateline Washington, is executive vice president of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association.