Saturday, January 24, 2009

Who's in charge here?

Today's must read on the Obama administration is this story on Rahm Emanuel in the N.Y. Times. Money quote:

"Mr. Emanuel is arguably the second most powerful man in the country and, just a few days into his tenure, already one of the highest-profile chiefs of staff in recent memory... In recent months, he has played a critical role in the selection and courtship of nearly every cabinet member and key White House staff member."

"He has exerted influence on countless decisions; in meetings, administration officials say, Mr. Obama often allows him to speak first and last."