Margaret Tutwiler: “I thought transitions were the worst things ever to have gone through in my life. Every one of them, they're horror shows. Even if you've been in an administration, they're just nightmares. And I think they're the worst ten weeks of any administration.”
The combination of personal uncertainty and a fair amount of professional uncertainty, people just don't know how to behave in a transition. They don't know if they're keep their mouth shut or to speak out. They don't know who's on which side. So, it makes for a very painful experience. And I assume that this agony is shared even by the president-elect who's just gotten the greatest honor ever and is very excited about a whole bunch of new aspects of the jobs that he or she is about to take over. The personal pain of seeing people who have given and given and given and not realized their dreams is especially difficult for the candidate, now president-elect himself.