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President Obama to lose key advisers, close-knit inner circle in second term


It's Second Term Shake-Up Time, boys and girls! And what a shake-up it looks to be. President Obama will likely be waving good-bye to David Plouffe, David Axelrod, and Jim Messina. White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew may possibly leave if he doesn't replace Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, who says he'll stay until after the inauguration.

Burnout is not at all unusual, and this team has gone through enough pressure for three teams.

The Hill:

The changes will deprive the president of several of his most loyal and trusted political advisers in the West Wing, with the exception of senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s longtime friend and confidante. Jarrett said that she will be back in a second term if the president will have her, adding, “We all serve at the pleasure of the president.” [...]

Joe Lockhart, who served as White House press secretary to President Clinton, said turnover among a president’s senior staff is “both natural and positive” for the transition to a second term. [...]

As a more general principle, Tony Fratto, who served as deputy press secretary in the George W. Bush White House, said it was important not to constantly rely on the same small group. [...]

Still, Axelrod et al can take heart from Fratto’s assertion that there was no reason to lock old advisers out entirely, even if they no longer held official jobs. The seasoned hands, he said, had a lot to offer.

Whoever steps in, let's hope they're a group of lefty lib French gay Kenyan socialist commie Marxist hippies. Just think of the GOP heads that would explode.


Iraq has a "confused partner in the United States right now"


By GottaLaff
(Photo: The U.S. Army)

My talented pal Allen McDuffee has an interesting piece over at Truthout. Here are a few excerpts about something we don't hear much about because, you know, Tiger is "real" news, and information about the evolution of Iraq just gets in the way:

"If I had one word to describe Iraq, I would just use the word 'complicated.' If I had two words to describe Iraq, they would be 'very complicated,'" said Qubad Talabani, the representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq to the United States . [...]

These circumstances are further complicated, according to Talabani, because Iraq has a "confused partner in the United States right now. A partner that has from 2003 up until now been heavily engaged in every aspect of political and military development of the country and a partner that is going through its own transition right now." [...]

Talabani also pointed to a "'culture of insecurity' that has been bred throughout Iraq - because of its history, because of its present, because of its geographic location, because of its partners - that makes reaching political agreements on key outstanding issues" an extremely difficult enterprise and that insecurity is "at the heart of every political impasse right now."

It's not a long piece, so please go read the rest here.

So. Didja hear about Gilette distancing itself from Tiger..... ?