Obama's White House shuffle

Two top advisors will likely leave as inner circle breaks open

Two years into his presidency, Obama’s inner circle of advisors will break apart, or at least break open, the Washington Post reports. Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is expected to run for mayor of Chicago and senior advisor David Axelrod is predicted to leave in the spring to prepare for Obama’s 2012 election campaign. It’s normal for presidents to shake up their staff at this point, but Obama is facing a league of departures. His chief economic adviser, Lawrence H. Summers, is returning to his post as a professor at Harvard, Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina will be leaving with Axelrod, and its said that national security adviser James L. Jones wants out. A Democratic strategist for the White House thinks Obama’s staff is due for a shakeup: “[they are] all about the insularity. Otherwise how do you explain how a group who came in with more goodwill in decades squandered it?”

Washington Post

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