How the West Wing Crumbled and How to Fix it
This is just a theory, based on evidence to date that anybody can research:
A group of Chicago businessmen (No, not Al-Capone-like mobsters! Chicago “Businessmen”) saw a great orator, a mind that could instantly conjure a response to any question and a previously expressed predilection for utopian society concepts that the majority of the voters would think was “neat, at first blush. On top of that he had a built in unique marketing angle: He was black.
So Bill Daley (“The Boss”), Rahm Emanual (“The Godfather”), Valerie Jarret (“The Handler”), Robert Gibbs (“The Mouth”), Steve Rattner (“The Bagman”) went to (“The Backers”) who were up the road at the Detroit UAW, across the road in the Silicon Valley VC offices and over the pond in the Russian Oligarchs mansions and cooked up a campaign of epic intrigue. (the whole bunch being known, together, as (“The Bad Boys”). Warren Buffet (“The Outsider”) pokes his head in to keep Rahm on edge, now and then, just like in House of Cards.
The process of “managing” (Keeping Obama in an information bubble of carefully controlled perspectives) their guy was simple:
- No computers or TV screens in the Oval Office.
- No news in the Oval Office that Valarie’s people had not “organized”.
- No meetings with any outsiders that had not been vetted by “The Backers”.
- Support anything he personally got excited about to get him distracted but never let it move outside the West Wing.
- Don’t let him surf the web.
- Don’t let him interact with “uncontrolled” members of the public.
- Don’t show him GAO, Public Citizen or similar reports that might allow him to figure out what is up.
But alas, all great schemes must come to an end. GAO heads and former staff kept pulling him aside at White House parties and, slowly, the realization that he was being manipulated, dawned on the big guy.
As things started falling apart: Epic DOE funding failures, Epic war failures, Epic Obamacare failures, Epic productivity failures, Epic Benghazi Failure, etc… Obama started to realize he was being taken for a ride. Suddenly there were thousands of news quotes of Obama saying ” he never knew anything was wrong until it was too late”. This is the backfire component of keeping your shill in the dark to prevent “independent thinking”. All of his top people were Tier 1 political operatives but they were the kind of evil and mercenary Tier 1 political operatives with their own agenda. So he got rid of all of them and cut a deal with Valerie to keep her around if she “behaved”, after all, she had the best Rolodex.
To keep things from getting manipulated again, much lower level, lower Tier staffers were brought in but 1.) they were unable to get up to speed,2.) could not get past the secret deals “The Bad Boys” already had going and 3.) they had a hands-on experience deficit. The new crew was designed to be not-as-smart-as-O and not-as-hooked-in-to-the-Backers in order to keep a take-over from happening again.
Now Michelle and her staff surf the web incessantly and the big guy gets two briefings: An NSA briefing in the morning, in the office, and a snuggle-briefing at night about what is really going on in the rest of the news.
Can the new people disentangle the machinations of the Emanual/Daley empire? Will the Silicon Valley VC’s finally move it from a Chicago-ruled White House to a Silicon Valley- ruled White House? Let’s see.
Of course, this is just a theory. It’s even slipperier, nastier, bigger and better than The House Of Cards, which creates it’s storyline from these actual events. Let’s discuss…
T- Daily Caller
Democratic lawmakers: White House staff shakeup long overdue …
Dec 14, 2013 … Democratic lawmakers say staff changes at the White House are long … McDonough, but made it clear they wanted him to shake things up.
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Shuffling Staff, Obama Strives for a Recharge After a Tough Fifth Year
Dec 13, 2013 … Other White House aides rejected the characterization of a shake-up, saying each change reflected individual circumstances, and they argued …
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Obama’s White House Shake-up – US News
Dec 16, 2013 … … Obama is engaged in a slow-motion shake-up of his White House. … Obama named John Podesta, former White House chief of staff to …
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White House shakeup: Panic play? | Fox News
Dec 10, 2013 … Obama administration’s shake up could be telling of how it is … group the Center for American Progress, served as White House chief of staff to …
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The Wrong Kind of White House Shake-Up | National Review Online
Dec 15, 2013 … Last week, in a shake-up designed to arrest his falling poll numbers, President Obama brought in several new staffers. We’ve seen this before …
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Ingredients of a White House Shake-Up: Dash of Bush, Dab of …
Dec 11, 2013 … This is no shake-up. It’s a gentle layering. White House officials insist that Podesta’s hiring reaffirms Obama’s support for Chief of Staff Denis …
www.nationaljournal.com/ white–house/ ingredients-of-a-white–house–shake-up-dash-of-bush-dab-of-clinton-and -roll-heads-20131211 – View by Ixquick Proxy – Highlight
Ex-White House aides: Changes likely after Obamacare dust settles …
Nov 18, 2013 … “The real problem here is not the White House staff, but Sebelius and … adviser to the President, indicated Sunday a staff shakeup is coming.
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Obama taps McDonough as White House chief of staff in shake-up …
Jan 25, 2013 … From Yahoo News: President Barack Obama on Friday formally announced his choice of Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough …
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Shakeup: Longtime White House Advisor to Leave Obama …
Dec 12, 2013 … Shakeup: Longtime White House Advisor to Leave Obama Administration … his 2008 election and a onetime interim White House Chief of Staff, …
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What the latest White House shake-up means for President Obama …
Dec 11, 2013 … What the latest White House shake-up means for President Obama … He will reportedly work directly with White House Chief of Staff Denis …
www.theweek.com/ article/ index/ 253924/ what-the-latest-white–house–shake-up-means-for-president-obama – View by Ixquick Proxy – Highlight
White House makes changes to staff structure – CBS News
Nov 8, 2011 … President Obama’s chief of staff Bill Daley is shaking up internal White House operations in response to criticism about the way he handled of …
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The Insiders: Let the calls for a White House shake-up begin
Oct 30, 2013 … The Insiders: Let the calls for a White House shake-up begin … even after his chief of staff had been given a heads-up on the issue …
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Obama Demotes Chief Of Staff In Attempt To Reinvigorate White …
Nov 7, 2011 … White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley is giving up day-to-day control of the … It’s a sign that President Barack Obama’s midterm staff shake-up …
www.businessinsider.com/ obama-reassigns-chief-of-staff-as-shake-up-fails-to-reinvigorate-whit e-house-2011-11 – View by Ixquick Proxy – Highlight
Shake-up of senior staff at White House expected in new term | Star …
Nov 7, 2012 … President Obama now confronts two questions that he has been avoiding for more than a year: Who will replace Treasury Secretary Tim …
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Gibbs tells staffers he is leaving White House – Washington Post
Jan 5, 2011 … Robert Gibbs told White House staffers Wednesday that he is … not from a wholesale shake-up that some outsiders have called for in the wake …
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White House shakeup (2004) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
After the resignation on March 28, 2006 of White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card and his replacement by Josh Bolten, there was widespread expectation that …
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Inside Washington – Dec. 15, 2013 | WJLA.com
Dec 15, 2013 … -Amid his lowest approval ratings, President Barack Obama reboots his White House staff. -Time Magazine names Pope Francis its person of …
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Shake up at The White House – National Politics | Examiner.com
Dec 14, 2013 … Obama’s gift to Democrats is his shoring up credibility with staff changes at The White House. Everyone says that it could not happen too soon, …
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First Thoughts: Washington fix-it insider joins Obama White House …
Dec 10, 2013 … Washington fix-it insider (John Podesta) joins the Obama White House… … Chief of Staff John Podesta is joining the White House as a counselor for one year. This isn’t a shakeup in the classic sense — no one has been fired, …
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Podesta to shake up White House | MSNBC
Dec 18, 2013 … Former Bill Clinton Chief of Staff John Podesta has been brought in to serve as White House counselor and turn things around for the Obama …
www.msnbc.com/ jansing-and-co/ watch/ podesta-to-shake-up–white–house-95554115661 – View by Ixquick Proxy – Highlight
Shuffling Staff, Obama Strives for a Recharge After a … – NewsDiffs
Dec 13, 2013 … http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/14/us/politics/white–house–shake-up-continues. html. By PETER BAKER | First archived on December 13, 2013 …
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Knox Grad Named Obama Advisor | Knox College
Dec 10, 2013 … … the White House staff as a senior counselor to President Barack Obama … as Special Adviser; Fox News – White House shakeup: Panic play?
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Obama boosts team of advisors – Los Angeles Times
Dec 11, 2013 … John Podesta, a former Clinton White House chief of staff, will guide … back on track with the issues that would make up that legacy,” he added.
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White House Says No Shake-Up Coming
Nov 18, 2013 … The White House “denied reports of a staff shake-up in the aftermath of the botched Obamacare rollout,” The Hill reports. “Press secretary Jay …
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SOTU highlights: Obama says White House is ‘shaking up’ higher …
Jan 29, 2014 … SOTU highlights: Obama says White House is ‘shaking up’ higher … Older Post University to give new title to student residence hall staff.
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FACT SHEET on the President’s Plan to Make … – The White House
Aug 22, 2013 … A rising tide of innovation has the potential to shake up the higher education landscape. Promising approaches include three-year accelerated …
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Atiba Madyun on White House Staff Shakeup – YouTube
Jun 6, 2013 … Anchor Anand Naidoo interviews Atiba Madyun, principal and founder of the Madyun Group, on the new appointees on the White House staff.
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White House Energy ‘Czar’ to Exit in Staff Shake-Up – WSJ.com
Jan 25, 2011 … Carol Browner is leaving her position as White House “energy czar,” and a staff shake-up is likely to eliminate her post altogether, according to …
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The White House Point Man Mending Obamacare Politics – Time
Jan 5, 2014 … Administration shake-up yields dividends on Capitol Hill … a couple of dozen White House and congressional staffers first thing in the morning, …
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Exclusive: Top White House aide Nabors considering exit – sources …
Dec 18, 2013 … Nabors, a former deputy director of the White House‘s Office of Management … The potential departures come amid a broad staff shake-up, with …
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