Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Despite Bells and Whistles, 'Office of President-Elect' Holds No Authority - Transition Tracker

"President-elect Barack Obama is looking very presidential these days. When he makes an announcement he is ringed by American flags and stands behind a lectern that has a very presidential-looking placard announcing 'The Office of the President-Elect.'

But the props are merely that. Under the Constitution there is no such thing as the Office of the President-elect. Technically Obama will not even become the president-elect until the Electoral College convenes after the second Wednesday in December and elects him based on the results of the Nov. 4 general election as stated in the Constitution."

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