11/26/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama, McCain Under Pressure To Speed Transition

On the night of Nov. 4, either Barack Obama or John McCain will be celebrating his election as president. It may be a short party.

Whoever wins will come under intense, immediate pressure -- unmatched since Franklin D. Roosevelt's election in 1932 -- to begin participating in policy making over which he'll have no formal control for 2 1/2 months. Within days, the winner's economic advisers may be heading to the U.S. Treasury to help tackle the nation's worst financial crisis in more than seven decades.

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