Obama Just Quietly Sent His Chief Of Staff To Count Homeless People
Huffington Post – 2/8/15
In what James A. Baker III has called the “worst job in Washington”, the chief of staff orchestrates the president’s conduct of the U.S. government. He holds the unique responsibility to magnify the time, reach, and voice of the president of the United States. ” you need a filter, a person that you have total confidence in who works so closely with you that in effect he is almost an alter ego.” Gerald Ford has said.
In 1986 a unique symposium in the history of American politics took place. Eight former White House Chiefs of Staff representing six different Presidents from Eisenhower to Carter gathered to talk about twenty-five years of the Presidency.
Ambrose’s fine book is sound, thoughtful and scholarly. It also demonstrates an understanding of the high command in modern war and helps to explains the divergent attitudes of Halleck’s contemporaries.
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