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Posted on 03/08/2014 4:29:21 PM PST by Olog-hai
A top White House official who has been with President Barack Obama since he first became a senator nine years ago is resigning.
Alyssa Mastromonaco is Obamas deputy chief of staff for operations and often described as the most influential person inside the White House who isn't well known outside of it.
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More scumbags scuttle to become lobbyists.
It was Mastromonaco who orchestrated presidential trips to Iraq and Afghanistan, and who skillfully and secretly set up meetings between Obama and his potential vice presidential picks even as the press watched the campaign’s every move. She’s been with Obama since his days in the Senate.
By all accounts, her White House titles deputy chief of staff for operations for the past three years, and scheduling director before that do not fully convey Ms. Mastromonacos role in helping decide how Mr. Obama spends his time, whom he sees, where he goes and whom he appoints.
She has a power that is relatively scary to people, said one Democratic activist who declined to be identified.
Nor do the titles hint at Ms. Mastromonacos close relationships with both the president and Michelle Obama, after coordinating their lives for so long.
Shes like family to them, said Pete Rouse, another of the original circle and Ms. Mastromonacos mentor, who left in December. In the 2010 magazine interview, she repeatedly referred to the president as Barack, a familiarity almost unheard-of among aides to any president. (Colleagues say she calls him Mr. President.)
Ms. Mastromonaco was a bridge to some senators long before she married David Krone, chief of staff to Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader. They took two days off in November to be married by Justice Elena Kagan at the Supreme Court, witnessed only by Ms. Mastromonacos aides.
I hate all these people.
No big deal
Why do the looks on the faces of the people in that photo strike me as unnatural . . . ?
Has the ship of fools run aground? Do these departed servants know something we don’t?
In Chicagoland vernacular "Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations" means "offshore accounts specialist."
November 30, 2006
he core Obama players — all experienced in national political strategy — are Chicago media consultant David Axelrod and, in Washington, David Plouffe, an Axelrod partner; communications chief Robert Gibbs; chief of staff Pete Rouse, and Hopefund political director Alyssa Mastromonaco.
Power Player of the Week: Alyssa Mastromonaco
FOX News Channel - Sunday, March 18, 2007
Show: FOX NEWS SUNDAY
Author: Chris Wallace
WALLACE: From now till the next president takes the oath of office, we’re going to occasionally profile the key strategists and advisors who, working behind the scenes, are so vital to the campaigns.
Well, today we kick off our new feature with our first You Decide ‘08 Power Player of the Week.
ALYSSA MASTROMONACO , DIRECTOR OF SCHEDULING, BARACK OBAMA’S CAMPAIGN: We do a little bit of everything but never want it to be known that we do anything.
WALLACE: Alyssa Mastromonaco is director of scheduling in advance for Barack Obama’s campaign, which means she’s in charge of executing his political strategy, making sure he’s where he needs to be and so is everyone else.
MASTROMONACO: The greatest commodity on the campaign is his time.
WALLACE: You’re the final arbiter?
MASTROMONACO: I am the final arbiter.
WALLACE: On February 10th, Obama was in Springfield, Illinois to launch his campaign.
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SEN. BARACK OBAMA, D-ILL.: ... who have traveled from far and wide to brave the cold today.
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WALLACE: Did you have any questions about having the announcement outside in the middle of the coldest weekend of the year?
MASTROMONACO: I was terrified of how cold it was going to be.
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OBAMA: ... for president of the United States of America.
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WALLACE: It turned out more than 15,000 people braved the weather to see Obama, which sent a signal he was ready for prime time.
Mastromonaco has to juggle all the competing demands of the campaign.
MASTROMONACO: We talked message, we talked policy, we talked finance. We figure out what our goals of the quarter are and figure out how to execute them.
If there are X number of days you need to be in California, what do we need to do in California?
WALLACE: Plus, she has to get Obama back to the Senate for votes. He’s only missed one so far. And she schedules his family time.
MASTROMONACO: I work with Michelle and we go through the kids’ calendar and where they are in Chicago and what’s going on and try to make sure that he’s there for all the important things.
WALLACE: She may look like a kid, but at age 31, Mastromonaco was a political veteran.
She worked for John Kerry for four years and ran scheduling for his campaign, directing a staff of 200.
She still remembers those few hours on election day when it looked like he would be president.
MASTROMONACO: Then the next day, we went to Faneuil Hall. That was definitely a scheduling challenge. But that was a sad day.
WALLACE: How long did it take you to get over it?
MASTROMONACO: I might not entirely be over it yet.
WALLACE: In 2005, she joined Obama’s office, figuring a freshman senator would be a good break from presidential politics. But it didn’t work out that way. She says Obama is low maintenance but driven.
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OBAMA: How’s everybody doing?
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WALLACE: Recalling the 2006 effort to elect a Democratic Senate...
MASTROMONACO: Our flight had been canceled, so I was with Barack, and I was like, “Well, I’m going to get a plane. I’m going to figure out how we get there. You know, we can’t let them down in Rhode Island.” And he said, “Well, let’s just rent a car and drive.”
I mean, he’s very happy — he’s a very normal person.
WALLACE: What’s normal for Mastromonaco 10 months before Iowa is 14- hour days, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.
MASTROMONACO: I just always like knowing that the planes are taking off and landing, and the cars are where they need to be, and that people have briefing materials, and when that all happens, I sleep easy.
WALLACE: With the 2008 campaign starting so early, Mastromonaco says one challenge will be for the candidates and staffers to pace themselves, which is why she says those 14-hour days now will get even longer in a few months.
Are the rats seeing the writing on the “ haul” and abandoning the ship?
Wouldn’t want to be named as a coCONspirator!
“Let’s Move!” is working, I see.
“”Ten bucks says that she suffered a crippling back injury while reaching for a croissant in the White House cafeteria,entitling her to a $150K/yr tax free disability pension””
Check out her picture on Wikipedia that says you might be right - about the croissants anyway....
She worked for Bernie Sanders, John Kerry, Harry Reid and obozo....
We all believed that Valerie Jarrett was the most influential person in obozo’s WH and this woman comes out of left field? Doesn’t make sense. She hasn’t been with obozo as long as Jarrett. Does this woman have Secret Service protection? Jarrett does.
Does it seem odd to anyone else that she is leaving just as Sheriff Joe is about to have news conference and release universe shattering information?
Would one of her duties include making sure documentation was posted/created to support his biography?
If not her than one in her department ?
The Buck has to stop with someone other than 0 and JV! Someone they can throw under the bus
Lots of “influential” females driving America straight into a ditch, that is.
She looks like a homo pervert....just like the other homo in that photo.
Financial specialist was not what came to my mind when I saw the name Read it as Master Monica! (In charge of 0’s blow!)
In before she will be missed!
They’re trying not to look at the banana.
MC: What’s been your biggest screwup?
AM: It was 2006, and President Obama, then a senator, was doing about 50 stops to stump for candidates in the midterm elections. He was in Denver, en route to San Francisco, when our finance director called me and said, “The plane’s not here.” I had reserved a $30,000 private plane for the wrong day.
MC: How did you handle that?
AM: I broke into tears. Rouse heard that I was crying and called Obama to tell him that I was having a meltdown. Then my phone rangback then he had a cell phone number that came up “Barack Obama”and I was like, Shit! So I picked up the phone, and I’m like [tearfully], “Hello?” And he said, “I hear that there are some tears at the officeI don’t know why because I’m in a first-class seat on a United flight to San Francisco, and we’re going to be there in no time.” But I can tell you, I took it as a onetime reprieve. I try to never fuck up like that again.
Bingo! Hoping that others forgetAbouther!
She’s going to get a great job paying gzillions for nothinbg more having access to the White Hut, because that’s what it’s all about.
I wager she is eyeball deep in the IRS scandal. Probably leaving with the email release to Camp’s Committee on Friday.
Yep. She’ll become another useless eater lobbyist. They never leave the hive. Washington DC region
Mastromonaco, 37, the deputy chief of staff for operations, had long talked privately of leaving by 2014, said those familiar with her thinking, but she has been reconsidering her decision after discussions with Obama. She recently took just two days off to marry David Krone, the chief of staff to the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid.
Nabors, 42, who is the deputy chief of staff for policy, had been less open about his plans but was contemplating leaving after this year, officials said. He is responsible, in particular, for strategy on the budget and climate change and has been pressed by the president and McDonough to significantly extend his service.
Mastromonaco grew closer, personally and politically, to the president over time, associates say, and her broad responsibilities grew to include advice on strategy. She often stood out in an overwhelmingly male inner circle; in the famous photo of Obama and senior aides monitoring screens on the night Osama bin Laden was killed, Mastromonaco can be seen in the far rear, the only woman pictured other than Hillary Rodham Clinton, then the secretary of state.
“She recently took just two days off to marry David Krone, the chief of staff to the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid.”
BENJY SARLIN JUNE 22, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT22
Majority Leader Harry Reid’s chief of staff, David Krone, left a highly lucrative gig at Comcast before working for the Senator. As part of his exit from the company, he’s collected $1.2 million in additional payment since taking his job with Reid.
Mr. Krone, for example, earned about $165,000 working for Mr. Reid (D., Nev.) in 2009, public records indicate. In 2008, he earned nearly $3 million from Comcast, not including the $1.2 million condo payment he received after starting with Mr. Reid. There is no evidence that Mr. Reid has done anything in particular to benefit Comcast since Mr. Krone came to work for him.
She just casually drops an F-bomb— “I try never to F— up like that again.”
Can you imagine somebody from the White House doing that in an interview 20 years ago? 10 years ago?
Traitor, worse than Jarrett.
At least Jarrett is loyal to her people.
Indirect link: http://www.insideriowa.com/en/quotes_of_the_week/
Harry Reids new chief of staff is his top career individual donor
Center for Public Integrity, The (USA) - Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Author: Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta
Fresh off his unanimous re-election by Senate Democrats to be Majority Leader for the 112th Congress, Nevadas Harry Reid has promoted aide and long-time financial supporter David B. Krone to be his new chief of staff. As we reported in June in our Who Bankrolls Congress investigation, Krone held the distinction of being the single most generous individual career donor to Reids campaign committees and leadership PAC, with at least $35,000 in personal contributions.
Krone joined Comcast Corp. as senior vice president of corporate affairs in 2007 after serving as executive vice president of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the principal trade association of the cable industry, for five years. Krone lobbied on a number of bills for the industry, including a 2001 broadband access measure, which Reid cosponsored. In 2001, while working for lobbying firm Ryan, Phillips, Utrecht & MacKinnon, Krone was listed as a lobbyist for Duke Energy Corp. on two bills that Reid sponsored. One was an energy appropriations measure, which included an earmark for a geothermal energy project at the University of Nevada-Reno, and the other bill sought to establish a national commission on energy and climate change. Neither bill came to a vote. Through a spokesman, Krone denied ever lobbying for Duke Energy, but confirmed that he had lobbied on telecom issues while at the firm.
In December 2008, Krone gave up a private sector job that paid him upwards of $5 million in salary, severance, and living reimbursements for that year for a job with Reid paying $165,000 per year. Krone , whose original title had been senior adviser, is currently Reids deputy chief of staff. This promotion may garner him a bump in salary, but he will be unlikely to make up much of the gap with the private sector; Reids last chief of staff earned just over $170,000 annually.
Krone s former employer, Comcast , is currently in the midst in a controversial proposed merger with NBC Universal. The potential union of these two media giants has drawn criticism from lawmakers concerned with media consolidation.
He’s a “close” sitter.
I’m taking a Vicamin .....
Wondering if she mucked up the Ocean Reef vacay.
Thought it was Ocean Reefer Vaca!
Baraq will have an easy fall season.
No annoying trips to support Dem candidates.
They all want Bill Clinton next to them.
The word on the street has her going to work for George Soros.
The puppet strings are going to become tangled.
Her salary at the WH is $172,200 annually...
Soros can afford her...