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Posted on 11/03/2010 8:45:16 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Inside White House, calls for shake-up
By: Glenn Thrush November 3, 2010 10:30 AM EDT
Some of the calls for a White House shake-up are now coming from inside the building.
Frustrated current and former West Wing staffers, speaking on condition of anonymity, told POLITICO they hoped Tuesday nights humbling losses would persuade President Barack Obama to pursue a much more sweeping fix than just the natural post-election churn of personnel his administration has insisted will take place.
Many of those changes are already being seriously considered, among them replacing Political Director Patrick Gaspard with a former top aide to Rahm Emanuel; replacing Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina, who is expected to move to Obamas 2012 campaign, with Legislative Affairs Director Phil Schiliro; and possibly giving White House energy czar Carol Browner expanded policy responsibilities.
But if Obamas critics are focusing on his agenda and messaging, many on his own team are urging him to address what they see as a major organizational flaw: an amorphous, ill-defined chain of command in the West Wing that concentrates too much power in too few hands, hampering efficiency, accountability and communication.
If theres still only five, 10 people making decisions, then we havent learned our lesson from Tuesday, said one aide, who believes the problem starts with Obamas insistence on giving his senior advisers, Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod, broadly sketched responsibilities.
But the issue isnt confined to the upper levels. Several Obama insiders pointed to a surplus of West Wingers who spin out ideas by the bushel and a shortage of seasoned middle managers to execute and sell them.
Theyve been here for two years; they need a more grown-up system, one former administration official said. Theyve gone too horizontal.
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I’m sorry, but stupid is as stupid does, and will continue to do - ad infinitum. I said it before and I will say it, again - Affirmative Action personified.
Yada, yada. We need a shake up and kick out in the White Hut.
I’d say it’s time to ‘fire the coach’.
Wow, they really are living in a bunker...they think THAT’s the problem.....
...rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
The ‘rats still have plenty of hope with the elections of Juan, Boxer, Coons, Frank, Reid, etc.
No matter how many times they rearrange the people, American will not accept socialism.
They are still lying about what they want. (Socialism)
They still think they can implement sociaklism if they have to thright people to do it.
Healh care bill was step one of destroying all us health care compaines in the US, so as to instill governemtn health care.
Why don't you all just quit.
For the ideological inflexibles that now occupy the White House, compromise is not possible. There are only two options for the near future: gridlock, or resignation. If the remaining Democrats on Capitol Hill had any gumption, they would, like the Republican minority in 1974, march down Pennsylvania Avenue and demand that the President representing their party resign.
Obama has become Nixon redux.
His trip to India next week, with his entourage and sycophants in tow, is the prelude to setting up of a government in exile.
Make it so.
Made me want to vomit to read that, knowing that he will run again & win.
Any progress that is made by our House majority, HE will take credit for in 2012 & the sheeple will adore him once again & put him back in for another 4 years.
Alot of us won't be around to see that, once the Deathcare kicks in, so why worry about it!
The Hope and Change mask is off.
2012 will not be the 2008 freak show redux. Billary smells blood and revenge.
When the boss is insane, a change in staff will not lead to success.
Wonder how Obozo will get the hundreds of new “progressives” that will require?
Akin to convincing rats to swim TO a sinking ship.
...and he never will. Narcissists can't "get" that their actions and attitudes are the problem. It's beyond their ability to contemplate.
I think that the staff is resigning because being aroudn an insane boss isn’t pleasant or safe.
I think that Obama should be going ot Haiti, he would be an aboslute HIT there with the natives. And he would be givne the same level of deference that he gets now from heads of state.
A force of 3,000 is more like an invasion...
hillary and the bill will unleash some scandals on them next and it’ll be go to the matresses time
On the bright side, now that AA has peaked and all the racism garbage, it can only go one way, down down down. And I’m thankful I am going to be able to watch it happen.
The shake up should start at the top. Obama should resign.
I think that once Billary starts on them, Obama will be going to a padded room.
He’ll have to be frogmarched out by the Marines and National Guard; he won’t leave willingly and I thank God we are’t Germany where they had ot be bombed in Dresden to get rid of Hitler.
he’ll go to India, that’s 10 days or so, back near Thanksgiving, so he’ll take a vacation, then Hawaii for Christmas and New Year’s, then the scandals will begin to erupt
Yes indeed. Let’s roll this turd in sprinkles..
Obama couldn’t manage to smell a taco fart in an elevator. He is just that incompetent.
yep, “going to the mattresses”
If he tries to set up his own government in India, he will likely end up shot. The governments there don’t fool around when it comes to others setting up their own rival factions and for Obama to try to set up his own ‘government in exile’ would likely result in a sticky diplomatic situtation wiht the legitimate US government. Knowing Eastern pragmatism, Obama and his loony ‘court’ would be rounded up and shot.
Am I the only one who thinks this?
I see now. I wonder how Michelle will handle losing her perks and staff and privilege of First Lady.
“and possibly giving White House energy czar Carol Browner expanded policy responsibilities.”
This doesn’t bode well....Obama is getting ready to push Cap n Trade through the regulatory train. The pubs need to bring Browner to the investigation table right off the bat. She needs to be stopped ASAP....along with Cass Sustein.
Yep. And Bill and Hillary and the dems will blame the Republicans for airing the scandals which will have the royal couple’s fingerprints all over them.
First he’ll be going to his homeland, Indonesia where he’s scheduled to visit a mosque, for old times sake, no doubt...
Toxic combination...insanity, inexperience, insularity, intransigence.
He’s not going to set up a “government in exile.” As a narcissist, he’s going to petulantly “stay away” for a week or so. Then he will come home expecting that all us peasants will fall to the ground and praise Allah that his True Prophet has returned to save us.
Or so he thinks...
An interesting write up -read the last part on Obama here.
if he comes back, he’ll return to a place that has rejected him wholesale. He won’t be able to cope seeing someone else in the White House. He might get a fabulous career on Hollywood though, the land of fruits/nuts/flakes. He’ll be safe there, in the fringes with the rest of the deviants.
Every little coward "runs home to mama", so he's running off to his people
Defund the Czars!
I wonder what it will be like for him, facing Congress and the nation during his State of the Union speech. Ratings will be massive for watching this. He’ll have to explain himself, he’ll have to explain in detail his plans/solutions (haha), and then all in front of a hostile nation and Congress.
Where are the missing strawberries?