February 1st, 2009, 12:46 AM #1
Obama: When You Have no Executive Experience, This is What Happens:
Washington Times - Inside Politics
"It is rumored that as many as 160 people will be in the West Wing under Mr. Obama," Karl Rove writes in the Wall Street Journal.
"Under President George W. Bush there were about 60. My old, modest-sized office has been carved into four cubicles. This reduces the space for ad hoc meetings in personal offices, where so much West Wing work once took place," said Mr. Rove, who served as senior adviser to Mr. Bush.
"The space crunch comes because Mr. Obama has moved several positions that once had offices in the EEOB into the West Wing. These include public liaison, intergovernmental affairs and political affairs. This reflects the importance he places on these offices' marketing efforts.
"Space is also short because the ranks of senior staff have been increased. There is a chief of staff, of course, but also two deputy chiefs, and three senior advisers. Some senior aides now have chiefs of staff of their own. That is new.
"All of this matters because management structure affects decision-making and determines the range and quality of voices the president hears. That impacts policy outcomes.
"Mr. Obama's changes could overload Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. As power that was once diffused to Cabinet officers is centralized in the White House, Mr. Emanuel will have to make more decisions and referee more turf wars than his predecessors. This will test his skills and likely inject chaos into the policy process as he prioritizes the decisions he can reasonably make.
"Mr. Obama's tendency to work late into the night will also pose problems. Politico.com reports that the White House staff is 'preparing for a return to long nights, heavy weekend shifts.' Requiring a senior staff that meets at 7:30 a.m. to work until 11 p.m. or 12 a.m. will quickly cause burnout and diminish the quality of advice and oversight.""The world burns while Obama Tweets."
February 1st, 2009, 02:16 AM #2
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Don't lecture a captain on how to run his ship.Good job, friend-of-friends!
February 1st, 2009, 09:21 AM #3
February 1st, 2009, 09:47 AM #4When You Have no Executive Experience, This is What HappensRove: "It is rumored that as many as 160 people will be in the West Wing under Mr. Obama,"
Besides that Rove is far from a neutral party, from the title "When You Have no Executive Experience, This is What Happens," are we suposed to believe that, even if true, going from 60 staff to 160 is because GW Bush did the work of 100 people? That's a good one. Thanks for the laugh.Conservatives: "If the facts disagree with our opinion, ignore the facts -- or at least misrepresent them."
February 1st, 2009, 09:52 AM #5
People have different management styles. If Rove thinks that his White House was a model for future Presidents, he's on crack. I can't believe anyone wrote this article and I can't believe anyone thought it worthy of distribution.Never send to know for whom the bell tolls . . .
February 1st, 2009, 12:02 PM #6
You'll see my point soon, MTA. He has created an unwieldly monster within his office, ripe for power struggles.
He is the Prez, and he can do what ever he wants. Including create an administrative nightmare."The world burns while Obama Tweets."
February 1st, 2009, 12:07 PM #7
Hey, he's just converting them over to the "normal" sleeping schedule that we college students have.
February 1st, 2009, 01:23 PM #8
"The space crunch comes because Mr. Obama has moved several positions that once had offices in the EEOB into the West Wing."
February 1st, 2009, 02:23 PM #9
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