Some Democrats Calling for Changes in the White House


When I read headlines like this, the first thing I think of is changing from the top down, meaning getting rid of Barack Obama, followed by Joe Biden, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. Wouldn’t that be a sweet cleaning of house?

However, what some Democratic strategists are wanting to see is a drastic change in the White House staff that surrounds Obama. A number of presidents in the past made some staffing changes at the halfway point in their first and second terms, and many are hoping that Obama follows suit.

Why do they want changes? It has a lot to do with Obama’s poll numbers being among the lowest in history. Additionally many strategists, including some Democrats, see Obama’s agenda and poor approval ratings possibly leading to Republican control of the House and Senate after next month’s elections.

One Democratic strategist stated that Obama ‘should take a flamethrower to his office.’ He went on to say:

“The general consensus that the president is surrounded by people who do him more harm than good because they are more focused on pleasing him than they are challenging him or proposing a different course.”

Democratic strategist Peter Finn pointed out that the loss of David Plouffe and David Axelrod, two strategists that worked with the White House, has left a hole that has yet to be filled by anyone of the same caliber. Referring to the fact that both men were not afraid to challenge Obama on a number of issues and suggest alternatives, Finn stated:

“And those guys could, they could speak really frankly to him. How does he put people in the White House with serious political chops?”

Personally, I think Obama got rid of them because they dared challenge him. He has an agenda and he wants people who will bend over, kiss his derriere, say ‘yes sir’ and then do exactly as Obama instructs them to do. For this very reason, Obama has little clout or respect left on Capitol Hill and this why so many Democrats are trying so hard to distance themselves from him before Election Day.

As for any possible changes to the White House staff that surrounds Obama, John Hudak, Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institute and Managing Editor of FixGov blog, stated:

“If staffers close to the president haven’t been ousted yet, they’re likely not going anywhere unless there is additional policy failures.”

Like I said at the beginning, I agree that there needs to be a lot of changes in the White House and DC leadership and it needs to start at the top and work its way down.

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