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October 27, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT: Nick Massella
(202) 994-3087;



After Nov. 4, 2008, the U.S. President-Elect will have just over 77 days to set up his administration.  Stephen Hess, GW distinguished research professor of media and public affairs and senior fellow emeritus in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, will lead a series of briefings focused on the U.S. presidential transition, modeled after his book, What Do We Do Now? A Workbook for the President-Elect.  Each program will feature a panel of White House aides and cabinet officials from past presidencies who will explore what needs to be done, when and how, as the next president puts together his administration.

The White House: Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008; 4:30 - 6 p.m.
The Cabinet: Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008; 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Media Relations: Monday, Dec. 1, 2008; 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Congressional Relations: Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009; 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Speechwriting and the Inaugural Address: Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009; 4:30 - 6 p.m.

The George Washington University
Media and Public Affairs Building
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St., NW, Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Orange and Blue lines)

This event is free and open to the public.  For tickets, send your first and last name, number of tickets being requested, and the date of the program you would like to attend to  Media can also RSVP to Nick Massella at (202) 994-3087 or

What Do We Do Now? A Workbook for the President-Elect (Brookings Institution Press, 2008) provides savvy political tips on how the new president can avoid political pitfalls during the transition, buttressed by well-chosen historical examples of what to do and what not to do in those critical few weeks between the election and the president's inauguration.  Hess writes from a personal perspective as a White House veteran.  He debuted as a speechwriter in the Eisenhower White House and has participated in every presidential transition for almost a half century.  Hess is the author of Organizing the Presidency and The Little Book of Campaign Etiquette and co-authored Drawn & Quartered: The History of American Political Cartoons with Sandy Northrop.

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