I don’t know what Donilon is. Explain?
WASHINGTON When President Obama flies to New York on Monday afternoon for the United Nations General Assembly, he will dispense with the usual battery of one-on-one meetings with world leaders so he can tape an appearance on The View and return by midweek to the battleground state of Ohio. Left to help smooth over any ruffled feathers will be Tom Donilon.
Gray-suited, meticulous and little known to the public, Mr. Donilon is the presidents national security adviser and central figure in American foreign policy, the most important person in the mix, according to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. In this critical campaign season, he has also become the presidents geopolitical bodyguard, charged with keeping the world at bay for another 43 days.
Mr. Donilon is the one who wakes the president when an ambassador is killed in Libya, the one who tries to keep Israel from rupturing relations and Egypt from heading off track. Solutions to intractable problems like Irans nuclear program are for another day. For now, it is Mr. Donilons mission to manage problems and keep them from blowing up, so Mr. Obama can focus on Mitt Romney rather than Benjamin Netanyahu.
Donilon’s résumé: Policy, law and Fannie Mae
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