When Bill Clinton was elected and before he was inaugurated, he convened
a group of experts to meet in Arkansas and plan how to deal with the
"stupid economy" he'd campaigned against. He wanted to hit the floor
running, and the meeting, televised to the public, projected his
intention to act on his promises made during the campaign. He was a
working president before he was actually the president; the opposite of a
lame duck, he was a charged-up horse out of the gate.
The president should call these groups together NOW, to meet with presidential support immediately after the election. It would show he is a man of action, bipartisan instincts and, win or lose, it would put the nation on the road for needed reform. It would be hard for Romney to sidestep such a meeting's report if he were to be elected, and it would jump-start the president's post-election work if he were reelected.
Ronald Goldfarb is a Washington, D.C.- and Miami-based attorney, author and literary agent.