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Needed: A new team of rivals
Washington Post, by Fred Hiatt

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 7/13/2014 10:27:01 PM

Maybe it is time for a shake-up. President Obama’s second-term staffing was always going to be a risk. He abandoned his first term’s team of rivals for a closer-knit team of loyalists. The bet was that he was assured enough in the job to no longer need the in-house challenge — and that smooth-running consensus would compensate for the loss. The bet isn’t paying off. Overseas and at home, the administration seems besieged and befuddled. Obama is in danger of cementing an image of haplessness that would be hard to undo. The administration was surprised when Russian President Vladimir Putin

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/13/2014 10:55:06 PM     (No. 9923094)

Not to fear. There is no bottom to his barrel. It can only go downhill.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: steph_gray, 7/13/2014 11:02:07 PM     (No. 9923102)

Ordering more Titantic deck chairs.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 7/13/2014 11:28:38 PM     (No. 9923126)

If anything he is making even worse decisions as time goes on. At least he is popular in his own mind.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Trigger2, 7/14/2014 12:49:47 AM     (No. 9923157)

Since the WH requirement for hiring is sleeze, malfeasance, wasteful spending, and corruption, no number of new teams would do any good nor would it make a difference.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: vigilant, 7/14/2014 1:36:04 AM     (No. 9923197)

The author recognizes the problems. However. he actually thinks this self-entered,worthless,incompetent, arrogant,know it all, pompous, pretender would listen and take advice from anyone except himself or the evil Jarret or the Mooch.

He is a girly man.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: binthere_dunthat, 7/14/2014 1:47:06 AM     (No. 9923200)

This wonderful example of Affirmative Action has already set the performance bar so low that this is likely to be known by historians as the "Subterranean" administration.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: PaleAle, 7/14/2014 1:51:55 AM     (No. 9923203)

Hire George Costanza to tell the President to do the opposite.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: strike3, 7/14/2014 2:33:57 AM     (No. 9923226)

Silly article. Obama´s strategy is to appoint people who agree with his every thought but who have a lower IQ. It´s no wonder the government runs like an inner city school for blind juvenile delinquents.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: steveW, 7/14/2014 3:13:58 AM     (No. 9923235)

"...cementing an image of haplessness"? Too late for that, WaPo. He has already cemented an image of anti-American Marxism.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: nonsense, 7/14/2014 8:49:57 AM     (No. 9923427)

Truly Amazing. The WaPoo has no clue that ValJar is the de facto potus. A not very bright and truly corrupt individual who is the Rasputin behind all the moves or non-moves the man makes.

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