03
Mar
11

‘less drama in white house after staff changes’

NYT: When Rahm Emanuel was White House chief of staff, the decision about what President Obama would say in the short address he delivers via radio and the Internet each Saturday changed so often that speechwriters would wait until Friday to write.

But since William M. Daley took over two months ago and David Plouffe succeeded David Axelrod as communications chief, the decision is made early — and it sticks.

The new team Mr. Obama has assembled to run the White House is just starting to make its mark. But together Mr. Daley and Mr. Plouffe are bringing a new order and a different management style for different times, say people within the West Wing and others who deal with them. The White House is more disciplined and less personality driven, more focused on long-term strategic goals and less consumed by the daily messaging skirmishes with Republicans…

Unlike Mr. Emanuel, the idea-a-minute dynamo who would dart from floor to floor trying to control matters mundane and major, Mr. Daley, a seasoned former executive and commerce secretary in the Clinton administration, has streamlined the operation and is more likely to keep to his office, door closed, and to delegate to subordinates….

…Mr. Plouffe likewise is less available to reporters and party officials and keeps his office television turned off — to tune out the daily distractions of cable TV’s political play by play …. Plouffe …  is a stoic, by-the-numbers master of organization….

Full article here


12 Responses to “‘less drama in white house after staff changes’”


  1. 1 Fred
    March 3, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    thank GOD for order;calm and focus 😀

  2. 2 Proud of Obama
    March 3, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Plouffe is just like his boss. Cool, calm and collected.

    • 3 Temp
      March 3, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      Plouffe is a lot like Obama. I went to his book signing and while he was talking I sometimes thought I was listening to and looking at Obama. Their hand movements, a tiny bit of the same speech pattern (a tiny bit) and a few other things, but you can tell they were once joined at the hip and picked up each other’s habits.

  3. 4 DoNoHarm
    March 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I’m sorry to see Mayor Daley leave, he kept Chicago growing. Good for the WH to have Bill Daley aboard and Plouffe.

  4. 5 Theo67
    March 3, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I don’t think they have to knock the old group to build up the new group, and I’m sure the White House would agree. The first guys were figuring it all out, handling crises, reacting to the right wing intransigence. The new guys have a more established White House, and a different style, and a President who has had two years to get used to the White House and it’s many ways. I think he probably appreciates the efforts of the old team, and also appreciates a new approach for this stage. Doesn’t have to be a competition.

  5. 8 geegee
    March 3, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Love me some Plouffe!

  6. 9 barb
    March 3, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    “The President? Yes, he is behind this door but noone talks to the him unless you go through us first.” :LOL:

    I have all the confidence in the world with this team and yes, Theo67, it was not a competition between the old crew and this new one. Just another part of the team. It’s all good.

  7. 12 cat48
    March 4, 2011 at 2:27 am

    I really like Plouffe who’s the only one I’m sorta familiar with now thru his Campaign 2008 emails & videos….good times! The press is not going to like this team b/c their harder to get info from. Plouffe & Daley refused to give the Times a quote for the story. heh The Admin. loves to leak to the NYT when it does though. I can see why.


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