June 12, 2013 |
Soon after Inauguration Day, Dan Pfeiffer moved his blue blazers and Barneys ties from the back of the West Wing press area to more spacious digs across from the office of his predecessor and mentor David Plouffe . "That is an awesome office," Pfeiffer, now the president's senior adviser, said as he gestured toward Plouffe's old haunt on a recent afternoon. "It has windows. " Pfeiffer may not inhabit Plouffe's airy space, but he is expected to fill his expansive role. It is a big job for a 37-year-old who has spent his...
June 5, 2013 |
Susan Rice (Win McNamee/Getty Images) The Susan Rice appointment , taken alongside other recent White House maneuvers, outbursts and clumsy antics, shows that President Obama is more interested in showcasing his grievances than he is in providing good governance, in wallowing in his administration's failures and the assorted scandals instead of trying to rise above them. Could Obama not find one fresh, enthusiastic, well-credentialed national security expert to serve as his national security adviser?
May 15, 2013 |
(The Oval Office. September 2010. Barack Obama is alone, reclining in his chair, legs up on the desk. The Communist Internationale plays loudly . The president whistles along while reading a large hardcover book. As camera zooms in, the words "Das Kapital" can be seen on the spine.) Obama: (aloud, to himself) Man, that Marx had so much of this right.... (His intercom buzzes). Secretary: Mr. President, your three o'clock is here. Obama: Send them in, Katie.
March 17, 2013 |
The president raised a billion dollars for his reelection campaign, but the staffers who engineered his victory may be worth even more to corporations and other groups that are eager to unlock the trade secrets that made the Obama brand so successful. "Everyone wants to know what the special sauce is," says Holly Goulet, senior vice president of the American Program Bureau, a speakers bureau that has encountered rising interest from business groups in hearing from Obama alumni. "There's been a...
March 1, 2013 |
There are weeks, such as during the presidential inauguration, when Washington shines as the crown jewel of American democracy. And then there's this past week. Over the past seven days, Washington — the politicians as well as the journalists who cover them — lived up to every negative stereotype Americans have about it, and then some. With $1.2 trillion in across-the-board spending cuts looming, Washington did what it does best: It played politics. Here were congressional Republicans accusing President...
January 25, 2013 |
President Obama announced a reshuffling of his top White House personnel Friday, naming Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough as his new chief of staff and saying goodbye to longtime senior adviser David Plouffe , a key architect of his political strategy. Obama promoted McDonough, one of his most trusted and loyal deputies , to oversee White House operations as the administration tackles its major second-term legislative initiatives, including...