‘an obama insider, running the race from afar’

President Barack Obama meets with Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina in Messina’s West Wing office at the White House, Dec. 4, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Jeff Zeleny (NYT): …Jim Messina, previously a White House deputy chief of staff, is running the president’s re-election campaign, which will formally open its doors in a Chicago high-rise this week and file the paperwork necessary for Mr. Obama to begin accepting campaign contributions.

…“I really believe that the president is the art and I am the science,” Mr. Messina said. “You have to start out with the assumption that this will not be 2008 again.”

…Since leaving the White House two months ago, Mr. Messina has been on a listening tour, visiting donors and activists in nearly two dozen cities. The private sessions were intended to improve frayed relations, particularly with some liberal groups, while reconnecting with supporters.

…Messina is the most influential person in the president’s inner circle whom many people have never heard of … Four years ago, he left the office of Senator Max Baucus of Montana to join the Obama campaign as a national chief of staff. After the election he became a deputy to Rahm Emanuel, the first White House chief of staff, and the president began relying on him for legislative strategy, political advice and football talk.

“Some people go to meetings so they can hear the sound of their voice,” Mr. Emanuel said in an interview in Chicago, where he is now the mayor-elect. “Jim goes to a meeting to come up with solutions to problems.”

Full article here

26 Responses to “‘an obama insider, running the race from afar’”

  1. April 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Oh, I already know that this guy is there only to fight against “progressives”, because we all know that PBO hates “progressives” – I read it on some very “progressives” sites!!!

  2. 2 cat48
    April 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm


    I couldn’t believe Ari Berman’s little rant about his butthurt b/c Jim just screwed up everything last year when Rahhhhhhhm wasn’t screwing it up! We obviously need Jim badly b/c otherwise; progs might catch on who really tells people what to do in the WH! So naive!

    Who would want to send Berman out with the grassroots people who are supposed to maybe whip up a little enthusiasm? He’s complaining still about HC, Rahm, and how Obama tried to “delay” passing DADT. He didn’t have a strategy for it………WTF??? The only way to make it until Nov 6, when Obama will have win his second term is earplugs and blinders around progs. They bring me down……..:(

    • 3 Proud of Obama
      April 3, 2011 at 4:51 pm

      I know; they’re INSANE! They don’t care about PBO, but let’s tell him who should be running his re-election campaign. They’re just absolutely nuts.

    • April 3, 2011 at 7:01 pm

      Why are they still complaining about HC and DADT? they passed, get over it already. better yet make themselves useful and get people elected who will make HC better.

    • 5 Dorothy Rissman
      April 4, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      Cat, I do not know Ari Berman–is he a jane hamsher or adam green?

  3. 6 Fred
    April 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    They are still going on about how Geitner is supposedly giving everything away to the bankers. The stupid it burns.

  4. 7 anniebella
    April 3, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    cat48…..I saw that little punk Ari Berman last week on some MSNBC show running his mouth about the President. I couldn’t stand to listen to him. I turn the channel quick as I could.

  5. 8 majii
    April 3, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    When they go on the attack about Messina running PBO’s 2012 re-election campaign, they’ll conveniently forget that 4 years ago he served as national chief of staff for then Senator Obama and deputy CoS to Rahm Emanuel under PBO. They’ll act as if he’s only served in Senator Baucus’s office.

  6. 10 bjw2
    April 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Ya know, I caught him also on MSNBC last week, and soon as he started whining I muttered to myself “oh shut up” and turned channels.

    Man my relfex is getting better and better these days when it comes to tuning out the poutragers.

    • 11 Fred
      April 3, 2011 at 7:03 pm

      I used to watch MSNBC all the time but now they are less watchable than any of them. I won’t even watch clips posted on sites. About the only clips I dare click on these days are Rachel Maddow.

    • 12 Dorothy Rissman
      April 4, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      bjw, like you, I have gotten very good with the off button. I hear one word of snark and it is bye bye jerk.

    • 13 Dorothy Rissman
      April 4, 2011 at 5:28 pm

      bjw, who is this man you saw on msnbc? Pretty much anyone on that station is going to turn me off.

  7. 14 Proud of Obama
    April 3, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    LOL at “little punk” and “oh shut up.”

    You guys crack me up!

  8. April 3, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    So wait a minute….this guy has been working with Obama all this time and it is only now the PL want to complain about a commercial he did for Max that they believed was homophobic? Ya know, it just seems to me that there are people invested in making sure that Obama is painted as a homophobe rather than acknowledge that he’s the most gay-friendly evah.

  9. 17 Carolyn
    April 3, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    I love it that the campaign headquarters will again be in Chicago. I had a wonderful childhood in Chicago. Chicago is real, as opposed to the D.C. Beltway alternative universe! I believe this man has earned the President’s confidence over four years. I love what he said: “He’s the art, and I’m the science.” Very well stated. He’ll have beautiful Lake Michigan to look at every day, too.

    • 18 Proud of Obama
      April 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      Hey Carolyn, I grew up in Chicago, too. Loved it and still love it — the beautiful lake, the shopping, the arts, the restaurants. It’s absolutely wonderful. It pisses me off to hear people on the right try to characterize it as a place of thugs and crooks. Humph, I’ve lived in Indiana for the last 16 years and there are more crooks here than a little bit. I know they try to paint Chicago as bad because our wonderful President calls it home.

      It’s a city of wonderful neighborhoods, diverse cultures and lots of energy. And between you and I, I love Brazil, but Chicago should have gotten the Olympics.

  10. 19 HZ
    April 3, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    You guys are so wonderful. I love you. I am reading all of your comments and saying, “Yes!” If I am not mistaken, Rachel did a piece on Messina one day last week. She was trying to paint him as someone who would not be good for POTUS 2012 campaign and does not have the PL interests at heart. I had to turn her off into the rant. I felt that it was not fair to Messina. I would have preferred if she would have him on her program(I think I will write her and suggest that) and ask questions of make a call to him rather than bash him like he is going to turn the PL off. What a nerve, and what an insult to President Obama, I thought. But I will take care of this in a firm but nice way. I do not want to seem like I am complaining amongst my family here, but I concur with you all. Give them man time to do what he has done best and will continue to do best. I call it, “Stirring Up The Pot.”Or as the young kids say, “You are all up in my cool-aid and you do not even know what the flavor is.”

    • 20 MoObama
      April 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      Randy Rhodes made the following statement. “If all the people you talk to are your colleagues, you’re not reporting news”. I saw Rachel’s throw that little bomb. Why doesn’t she have White House officials on to discuss political issues…Oh! I forgot, Dr. Chu was on during the BP disaster and she insulted him and Dr. Rice took her to the wood shed over war powers.

      • 21 Dorothy Rissman
        April 4, 2011 at 2:27 pm

        Rachel was also very, very upset by W. Daily (?) taking Rahm’s place. Who in hades gave these complainers the right to decide who Obama should have working for him. The night that Daily was discussed, Rachel was all sad and made at the same time. As soon as Obama was elected people at Kos were furious about that PBO named Rahm as his COS. They went ballistic.

        Occasionally Rachel does a good piece. Chipsticks and BWD are good about sharing those videos with us. I am not interested in a conspiracy campaign by Maddow.

  11. 22 Tien Le
    April 3, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I think the article itself addresses all of your comments when it says going to Chicago to get away from the D.C. know-it-alls. That’s one of the beauties of the Obama campaign strategy in ’08: not listening to the critics on the tube or paying attention to the polls because they had their own internal data to rely upon every day. When you have an hour, invest the time to reacquaint yourselves with this wonderful video of David Plouffe at Google talking about the ’08 campaign: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URmxWh6aVhw&feature=player_embedded&rel=0

  12. 23 Me4obama
    April 3, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Good nite my o family. Fired up ready to go and go until the Nov 2nd. Hey chipsticks you normally give us a morning treat of PBO interracting with little children which always brings a smile on my face. I have been wondering if u ever get a chance to post a picture of PBO’s niece Savita Ng when she was being helped to walk towards Reggie Love in the Oval office I will appreciate it. Savita has been on my mind all day today wondering how big she has grown.

  13. 24 Eleroy
    April 4, 2011 at 2:10 am

    The same PL whiners who want President Obama primaried also want to tell him who should and how to run his re-election campaign??!!! These insane people make no sense whatsoever!!!

    God I hate all these so-called progressives!!!

    • 25 Fred
      April 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      They are still upset about Dean losing the 2004 primary.

      And now they are being joined by the Clintonistas.

      • 26 Dorothy Rissman
        April 4, 2011 at 2:55 pm

        Who in the hell is William DeJean. this is disgusting. I am furious. Damn them. Thank you for making me aware of this.

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