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Shake up at The White House

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Obama’s gift to Democrats is his shoring up credibility with staff changes at The White House.

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Everyone says that it could not happen too soon, or that he is a little late. Lateness and untimeliness are Obama characteristics. That is because he is slow to confront problems and doesn’t like confrontations. He prefers to sweep things under the rug.

What has he done?

Alexander Bolton at The Hill summarized:

  1. Obama recruited former White House chief of staff John Podesta, who served in the Clinton administration, to work on energy and climate issues
  2. He brought back Phil Schiliro, his former legislative director, to coordinate the implementation of the Affordable Care Act
  3. He tapped Katie Beirne Fallon to replace Miguel Rodriguez as director of legislative affairs

Familiar faces create smiles among Democratic leadership who are delighted that the president saw the light.

“John Podesta

Former White House Chief of Staff

John David Podesta was the fourth and final White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton, from 1998 until 2001. Wikipedia
Born: January 15, 1949 (age 64), Chicago, Illinois
Party: Democratic Party
Previous office: White House Chief of Staff (1998–2001)
Siblings: Tony Podesta
Education: Georgetown University, Georgetown University Law Center, Knox College, Illinois”

“Phil Schiliro
Political leader
Phil Schiliro is an American political consultant and strategist. In December 2013 the White House announced that he was rejoining the President's staff to work on health care issues. Wikipedia
Born: United States of America
Education: Hofstra University, Lewis & Clark Law School”

Katie Beirne Fallon

“Fallon, according to West Wing officials, will have much more stature and authority, akin to that enjoyed by Rob Nabors, the former legislative director now serving as an Obama deputy chief of staff. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough picked her, in part, because of her close ties to Senate Democratic leaders and recently arranged a meeting with between Obama and Fallon to “diagnose the challenges the White House faces with the Hill and come up with a plan for addressing them,” according to a person close to the situation.”



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