Inside the administration, he operates as Mr. Obama’s fixer.
“He puts fires out,” said Tom Daschle, who employed Mr. Rouse as a chief of staff when he was the Senate Democratic leader. “He’s the primary personnel negotiator. There’s constant friction, and he reduces the friction. There’s a constant need for somebody to do something for which there is no job description. He is that person.”….When Republicans rose up against the appointment of Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard professor, to oversee a new consumer protection agency, Mr. Rouse helped devise a strategy that ended with the president appointing Ms. Warren as a top-level adviser — a position that needed no Senate confirmation.
Obama considering MIT nuclear physicist E. Moniz 4 Energy Secretary, Looks like they want to keep Ash Carter #2 at DOD reut.rs/14Ttr9s
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