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Tense Transitions of Presidential Power

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM


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When: Jan 14, 2021 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Tense Transitions of Presidential Power

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Our nation is in the midst of one of the most unusual transitions of presidential power, as the sitting president refuses to concede, is filing multiple lawsuits claiming widespread voter fraud, and attempting to influence what electors are selected in key states for the Electoral College. Has this ever happened before? Not exactly like this, but there have been some very tense and uncertain transfers of presidential power. Join us as presidential historian Mike Purdy unpacks some other tense interregnums, the term sometimes used to describe the time from election day to inauguration day. Mr. Purdy will also comment on how our current situation is different and similar to previous transitions from one president to another.

Mike Purdy is a Seattle-based presidential historian who writes at that includes a blog, video, and resources about the presidents. He is the author of the well-received book "101 Presidential Insults: What They Really Thought About Each Other - and What It Means to Us." He is a frequent speaker on issues of presidential history and presidential campaigns, and has been quoted and interviewed by the media including the Associated Press, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, C-SPAN, Reuters, Reader's Digest, BBC, KBTC, Tacoma News Tribune, and other national and international media. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound with both undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration.

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