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The times - they are a changin’.
Bill Daley is out as White House Chief of Staff, replaced by former Office of Management Budget Director, Jack Lew, in an announcement made yesterday by President Obama.
While many on the left that were some are even pleased with the move, suggesting it may mean a more confrontational President Obama heading into the 2012 election. With Daley gone, pundits are speculating that Obama may begin to favor a confrontational approach to politics, rather than being more conciliatory, which was the Daley philosophy.and are not surprised by the decision,
Also, TNR’s Noam Scheiber asks, “is Jack Lew too much of an insider" to succeed as President Obama’s top adviser?
Photo courtesy of the White House.
John McCain is not on board with Obama’s Jobs Act, or his bus.
"I must say again I have never seen an uglier bus than a Canadian one," McCain said on the Senate floor yesterday. "He is traveling around on a Canadian bus touting American jobs."
White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer noted that the White House bus nicknamed Ground Force One was made by that same company that manufactured McCain’s “Straight Talk Express” bus.
In honor of Ron Suskind’s retrogade portrayal of President Obama’s White House in Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President, TNR presents a rather inspired comparison of the administration to the Emmy Award-winning drama.
Photo courtesy of the Dallas Observer.
Today, the long-awaited Obama administration tell-all book by Ron Suskind hits shelves, not with a bang but with a whimper, as Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s performance at a White House press briefing yesterday took some air out of the book’s sails, when he roundly criticized the author’s portrayal of Obama senior staffers.
Accused of being a “cagey political operator” by Suskind (whom you might remember from the One Percent Doctrine), Geithner came out swinging to defend his reputation yesterday. The book, Geithner said, is full of “sad little stories,” according to Politico.
Geithner also denied the book’s assertion that he ignored a March 2009 order from President Barack Obama to consider dissolving Citigroup. “Absolutely not,” Geithner said. “I would never contemplate doing that.”
Last Friday, TNR’s new TRB columnist Timothy Noah wondered what revelations (if any) the book may have about Obama’s relationship with his chief of staff, Bill Daley, once considered a solid replacement for Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel but now heavily criticized for an overbearingly corporate leadership style.
In addition to scathing depictions of Obama’s closest political allies, the book depicts the President as inexperienced and unable to bring all of his advisers in for counsel, suggesting even that for some time the Obama White House was hostile to advice from women staffers.
TNR recently got its hands on a copy of the book, and we are excited to see for ourselves what all the fuss is about. Prior to that, we kept busy by checking out a recently compiled collection of great TNR profiles of Obama’s senior economic staffers.
Courtesy of HarperCollins
Four out of twelve NASCAR drivers who were invited to meet President Obama at the White House this evening won’t be attending, citing scheduling conflicts.
William Faulkner once refused a dinner invitation from JFK’s White House….
No, Helen did infact eat the queen for dinner. She even remarked on the rubberiness of the meat.