Changes in Advisors and White House Staff

Thursday, September 23, 2010

President Barack Obama arrives to address the Millennium Development Goals Summit at the United Nations headquarters in New York, September 22, 2010. (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty)

Soon, there will be several changes at the top levels of the Obama administration. Following the November elections, the White House’s top economic advisor, Larry Summers, will return to his position as a professor at Harvard University; Herbert Allison also announced he would step down as the Treasury Department’s assistant secretary for financial stability. Perhaps less surprising is the much rumored, though finally announced, departure of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, in October.

Shifts in administration positions are not uncommon, to be sure. In an upcoming book, however, reporter Bob Woodward describes President Obama as uncertain and surrounded by dissenting voices on his Afghanistan wartime strategy. The timing of these staff departures only draws attention to an administration in flux as midterm elections approach. What are we to make of this seemingly tumultuous time? 

For some historical comparisons, we speak with Julian Zelizer. A professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, Zelizer is the author of "Jimmy Carter: The 39th President," the latest in the "American President" series. Zelizer explains what he sees going on in the Obama Administration, and some of the comparisons to another outsider president.


Julian Zelizer

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [4]

Nate from USA

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of controversy." -Martin Luther King, Jr

Mar. 20 2011 11:33 AM
Sumner koch from Luasville, Ohio Lucas-meaning-Light

The changes being made in all the higher offices of the land from the President and Vice President down willall work out for the good of all concerned...(which is the USA reaching the whole Global world governmental system. The better days are just ahead 2011 and many more defcades to follow.
With Love

Jan. 09 2011 07:42 AM
Sumner koch from Lucasville, Ohio The Village of Light

So your worried about the 44th President BO of the USA. Please don't, your in good hands with the ALL-suffcient-one working thru him and for him and the betterment of the world at large. (the Globe)....

Jan. 09 2011 07:26 AM
Erik from Maryland

Obama is not Carter 2.0. This is the worst economy in half a century and the president will suffer in the polls for sure. Unlike Carter he has strong support in the Democratic Party while Carter faced internal opposition from Tip O'Neill, Teddy Kennedy etc. Obama has many more people who understand the way Washington works.

Sep. 23 2010 07:20 AM

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