An image of the U.S. capitol at night with the image clipped and altered.
Pictured is the U.S. Capitol at night with the image clipped and altered.
Credit: Sam Bermas-Dawes, GPB News

Tuesday on Political Rewind: When President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States tomorrow, he becomes the principal player in a transition marked by a surging pandemic, spiraling joblessness and aggrieved ranks of voters who refuse to believe he was legitimately elected.

But previous American presidents have, too, faced daunting circumstances as they took the oath of office, and gone on to build brighter futures for the country.

Today, our panel looked at some of the toughest transitions in American history and how new leadership wrestled with great challenges.


Dr. Michelle Brattain — Professor of History, Georgia State University

Dr. Joe Crespino — Professor of History, History Department Chair, Emory University

Tamar Hallerman — Senior Reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Dr. Fredrick Knight — Professor of History, Morehouse College