- Kate Andersen Brower: Much of the presidential transition hinges on the handoff from the outgoing to the incoming first lady
- Michelle Obama joins ranks of Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and others who have orchestrated bumpy transition with empathy
Kate Andersen Brower is the author of the best-sellers "First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies" and "The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House." Unless otherwise noted, facts in this piece reflect research from those works. The opinions expressed here are hers.
(CNN)Every four to eight years, the peaceful transition of power occurs that is so crucial to our democracy. But this time, because the campaign was so full of vitriol, it is even more consequential. And it is first lady Michelle Obama who must serve as the welcome committee.