Ex-Clinton Aide to Join Obama

10 December 2013 |permalink | email article

President Obama, at the lowest ebb of his presidency, is bringing into his White House circle the long-time Democratic strategist John D. Podesta, a former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton. Podesta, who has agreed to serve as counselor for a year, led Obama’s presidential transition in 2008 and has been an outside adviser since then. He also has occasionally criticized the administration, if gently, from his perch at the founder and former president of the Center for American Progress, a center-left public policy research group that has provided personnel and policy ideas to the administration. Word that Podesta would for the first time join Obama’ official staff, from people familiar with the discussions, comes as the president is seeking to recover public support and credibility after a flawed introduction in October of the insurance marketplaces that are key part of his signature Affordable Care Act. This week, he brought back his former chief congressional lobbyist, Phil Schiliro, to help on health care issues.   

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