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Obama's reshuffle: More outsiders, please

The shuffling of senior staff that Obama is currently weighing as he heads into the re-election season of his presidency is not, despite what the pundits may be wagging about this week, really breaking news. Yes, Gibbs may be leaving, but most press secretaries only last a couple of years. There may be a lot more people leaving posts than the administration had initially let on, but most presidencies have a big reshuffle midway through their first term. All in all, the fact that people in the administration are changing jobs is not really all that notable.

Except for one thing. The midterm elections were a huge warning sign for the president--it's hard to argue that the landslide of Congressional wins for Republicans was anything but a referendum, at least in part, on the president's first two years. And as a result, it makes sense to expect that if a major shuffling is going to happen, many of the people Obama would bring in would be new.

Not so, apparently. While there may be surprises and a few exceptions (such as former commerce secretary William Daley, who is on the short list for chief of staff), most of the candidates speculated to be under consideration are already insiders. Most of the open jobs, report the Post's Anne Kornblut and Scott Wilson, are expected to be filled by existing administration officials or campaign loyalists.

Whether or not that's a problem depends on your political views, of course, and your take on the administration's success. But it's hard to argue that the administration couldn't use more new blood after such a stinging defeat in November. It will be difficult for anyone who was on the inside--even if in a completely different job--to objectively view the causes that led to the "shellacking," as Obama called it, he received in December.

While Daley is a notable exception, several other jobs are expected to be filled with insiders. Senior adviser David Axelrod will depart, with campaign manager David Plouffe taking on a similar role. Gibbs' most-discussed replacements are Jay Carney and Bill Burton, both administration staffers now. Energy czar Carol Browner and legislative affairs director Phil Schiliro, both insiders today, are talked about as new deputy chiefs of staff.

That doesn't mean Obama should run out and replace his senior staff full scale with total outsiders. Insiders help with institutional memory, already know the culture and political sensitivities, and have a strong basis of trust that can enable faster decision-making, more effective meetings and more candid discussions. It is natural for Obama to turn to the people he knows and trusts for many of these critical positions.

But whether or not it will provide the change the public seems to desire is an open question. Companies with major strategic problems tend to bolster their executive ranks with outside expertise, whether as employees or consultants. Coaches coming off of losing seasons are expected to bring in new assistants who can overhaul problem areas. For Obama, too, a bigger mix of inside and outside candidates in his major reshuffle could go a long way toward balancing frank assessments and bold new ideas with institutional knowledge and trust.

By Jena McGregor

 |  January 5, 2011; 12:59 PM ET |  Category:  Change management , Decision-making , Federal government leadership , Government leadership , Presidential leadership Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The shuffling of judao-christian white supremacist and indoctrinated negro staff that black POTUS is currently weighing as we head into election season is not, despite the forked tongue rhetoric this week, really breaking news. Yes, some in the "one culture, one faith, one race" clan may be leaving, but most propagandists only last a couple of years. There may be a lot more judeo-christians leaving posts than the administration had initially let on, but most presidencies have a big reshuffle midway through their first term. All in all, the fact that overseers for wealth white men and corporations in the administration are changing jobs is not really all that notable.

Except for one thing. The midterm elections were a huge warning sign for the black president--it's hard to argue that the landslide of Congressional wins for Racists was anything but a referendum, at least in part, on the president's first two years of overseeing their interests. And as a result, it makes sense for us to expect that if a major shuffling is going to happen, many of the clan leaders black potus would bring in would be new.

Not so, evidently. While there may be surprises and a few exceptions (such as former commerce secretary William Daley, who is on the short list for [non-"indian"]chief of staff), most of the candidates speculated to be under consideration are already "insiders" (i.e., code for vetted false oath takers pursuing our beloved "one culture, one faith, one race" future...). Most of the open jobs, report the Post's Anne Kornblut and Scott Wilson, are expected to be filled by existing administration officials or "one culture, one faith, one race" campaign loyalists.
Whether or not that's a problem depends on your supremacist or indoctrinated 'house minority' media sanctioned political views, of course, and your take on the administration's success in doing the bidding of white men and corporations that are "too big to fail". But it's hard to argue that the administration couldn't use more purportedly new blood after such a stinging feigned defeat in November. It will be difficult for anyone who was on the outside of a reservation or poverty class to subjectively view the causes that led to the "shellacking," as the indoctrinated negro president called it (to the complete satisfaction of wealthy whites and their media lackeys), he received in December...

We lackeys don't mean that Obama should run out and replace his good ol' boy and girl staff full scale with Americans who believe that Asian culture, Latino culture, African culture, and moral values other than those of European-Americans should have the equal protection of the law provided to so-called "whites"... "One culture, One faith, One race" loyalists help with racist institutional memory, already know the racist culture and political sensitivities, and have a strong basis of trust -amongst us - that can enable faster decision-making, more effective meetings and more racist policies...

Posted by: stephendavid2002 | January 6, 2011 11:48 AM

He is looking for stealth Republicans, and there are many in our so-called Democratic party. You know, the fellows who want to serve a bit and then jump into a job on Wall Street. He will find them. The only question for real Democrats is can we find a real Democrat to replace Obama in 2012? And, no, not a Clinton, that would just make the problem worse.

Posted by: rusty3 | January 6, 2011 11:39 AM

Our household despises House and Senate republicans, but will not vote for Obama again. He is enjoying being president rather than working at helping the country. He comes across as a coward. We expect republicans to be the "rust that never sleeps" on behalf of the upper upper class; we didn't expect Obama to join them. To suggest that he hire more outsiders is to ignore the apparent fact that he couldn't wait to get his hands on the presidency so he could be welcomed and ordained as an insider. He's having a great time and the country is imploding.

Posted by: pjwertz | January 6, 2011 11:17 AM

"the public has a right to know":

"What is racism?

Racism is racial prejudice that has been incorporated into the activities and procedures of major institutions, corporations, social systems (such as those related to housing, education, and health), and other arenas of major social activity (such as politics, the media, finance, and banking). Racism serves both to discriminate against ethnic minorities and to maintain advantages and benefits for White Americans."

"...Psychologists have found that we put energy into various mechanisms that help us maintain our view of the world. For example, we can seek out and pay attention to information that supports our views. Evidence suggests that the More strongly we hold a stereotype, the more we tend to remember confirming information about the group. There is a kind of circular process here: For example, the more we believe stereotypes about gay men being effeminate, the more likely we will remember incidents which seem to support these views. We also discount or rationalize information that is contradictory to our beliefs. The Black person who is intelligent and articulate, the gay man who is not effeminate, or the Jewish person who is not pushy become exceptions to the rule, but the rule remains. And we may look more closely for grammatical mistakes in the Black person=s speech than in a White person=s; or that the Jewish person is especially clever in working his or her exploitive influence behind our back..."

"...the new racism describes a more elusive, political, almost abstract language of race which avoids blatantly negative racist statements in favor of political codewords and symbols. This new racism is partly based on a view of racial discrimination as being outdated and puts the onus of achievement and equality on African Americans and other ethnic minority people. If African Americans would, for example, stop clamoring for special treatment and simply work harder, they could achieve the American Dream. The idea is that it is African Americans= own deficiencies B whether they be greed, laziness, violence, and so on B that are the cause of their problems, not the history of slavery, segregation, discrimination, prejudice, and racism which is assumed to have come to an end...."
Excerpts from what was Written by ..., PhD
At the request of the American Psychological Association
Public Interest Directorate

Posted by: stephendavid2002 | January 6, 2011 10:58 AM

ReShuffling indeed!

“more outsiders” would include those living on reservations and those otherwise outside of the judaic-christianic white supremacist and indoctrinated negro cabal or clan – if you will. (except, of course, judaic-christianic white supremacist and indoctrinated negro media is putting out the call for “more outsiders” – meaning those fellow clansmen and women who have not yet been able to feed enough from the trough of wealth judaic-christianic white supremacist corporations and individuals…)

Obama and the Media pretended that there was a compromise to extend unemployment for all - including those unemployed for 99 weeks - except Obama and the racist Republicans are engaged in an effort to drive down wages for the poor (who must now accept lower wages to get ANY income whatsoever to LIVE on) while they pretend to be on opposite sides of the CLASS WAR (that wealthy white supremacist males have been waging since the establishment of our government on indigenous people's land...)

HOW THE F AM I SUPPOSED TO PAY A PENALTY FOR NOT BUYING HEALTH INSURANCE WHEN I DON'T EARN ENOUGH TO PAY MY RENT?

If that Chief House Negro wants to mandate something, WHY DOESN'T HE MANDATE EMPLOYERS TO PAY A LIVING WAGE?

those who have been unemployed for over 99 weeks see through his ruse - they KNOW where they stand under his Administration.

(NO WONDER THE FIRST LADY STRAIGHTENS HER HAIR AND THEIR DAUGHTERS HAIR to look more white... He has his head so far up the rear of wealthy white supremacist males, his family has no pride - no love for their own natural God given appearance or culture!)


I will have to support the (judeo-christianoid white supremacist) Republicans in their stand against the 'mandate to buy' healthcare provision of what i now will also refer to as Obamacare!

two point five million can also play the 'to H with U' game.

BELIEVE ME, I COULD GO ON AND ON ABOUT THAT so-called "COMPROMISE"!!!!!!!!

ooooooooo!

Work hard and play by the rules?

I hope half the exploited get as least half as ‘enlightened’ as I have…

Obama just wants his picture on wealthy white men’s dollar bill

What a suck up

Posted by: stephendavid2002 | January 6, 2011 10:56 AM

Obama's increasingly emaciated appearance, in spite of his constant gourmet dining, his non-stop luxury vacations, his insatiable consumption of hi-caloric sweets, and his daily work-out routines, should raise serious concerns to any objective observer. The dramatic deterioration in Obama's facial appearance is not a normal or even stress induced aging process. Of even greater concern is "WHY" Obama is so devoid of coherent thought, even when addressing elementary school children, without the constant crutch of teleprompters? As an "admitted" former heavy drug abuser, the public has the right to know the extent, duration and character of all of the drugs that Obama indulged in. Some drugs are know to interfere with coherent thought processes; and, to induce relapses -or- "flashbacks". The AP photograph depicting Obama's bizarre and total confusion as to how to pass an umbrella thru an open gate on his visit to New Orleans, a task that any grammar-school child could readily negotiate, was -to say the least- disconcerting. Is this really the inept caliber of a man that we should rely upon to resolve America's economic crisis? The only way to clarify such grave issues is for Obama to submit to independent medical analysis by recognized experts. The American electorate should demand such a review, prior-to the 2012 campaign season, which might well reveal the causation for Obama's total detachment from reality on such vital issues as our economic malaise. America must confront the fact that the greatest single impediment to our economic prosperity is the Marxist radical, Barack Obama, whom we unwittingly elevated to the presidency of the United States. Think about it every time you stop to fill-up your gasoline tank at a Service Station. Greg Neubeck

Posted by: gneubeck | January 6, 2011 10:40 AM

Honestly, who really wants an upgrade to "first class" if the ship is rapidly sinking? Go for the lifeboats! Even the doofus lie-factory Robert Gibbs understands that it's over. The real ugliness will continue to unfold, revealing in much greater detail, that we're being "led" by a clueless incompetent. And even the nauseatingly sycophantic press is getting jaded from the quasi-messianic blather it's peddled over two ruinous years.

Insiders or outsiders leaving or joining this administration, what is the point? It's the guy on top that needs to be changed-not the staff. Putting a rose on a manure pile and calling it a garden simply does not make it so.

Posted by: johnnytelecaster | January 6, 2011 7:15 AM

Although it's smooth transition, in USA Government have to be careful in Leadership.
It's the matters of health, chief, leader, and ladder.

Posted by: andrebudianto | January 6, 2011 4:41 AM

It's a case of spinning his wheels for Obama to now shuffle his staff, the failures of the Donkeykrats in the mid-terms were almost entirely his own doing. He was, according to reports, repeatedly warned by his staff that to push Obamacare was politial suicide for his party, but he a Marxist idealogue deceded to plow ahead anyway.

Evidently, his objective was to impose as much intrusive gov't as possible at all costs.

Of course, Obozo's sole interest is & was himself, his party & the nation be damned, as far he's concerned. To immobilize him, the Republicans should insist that more mirrors be installed in the WH.

Posted by: LoachDriver | January 5, 2011 9:19 PM

There is a email going all over America of the New Stamp that depicks muslim on the stamp asking all Americans not to buy it. I am one who won't either!

Posted by: JWTX | January 5, 2011 5:44 PM

Since up until last week all we heard was that Obama wasn't going to make any major changes in staff, it's tough to speculate at this point that he is considering "too many" insiders. However, I think if you examine his background, current practices, etc. you'll see a guy who is not too interested in enlarging his circle of friends and confidants.

There is no truth to the rumor that Valerie Jarrett has been sent to a top secret military cloning facility.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | January 5, 2011 3:20 PM

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