Posts Tagged ‘President

20
Mar
17

The Boss In Chief

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Alyssa Mastromonaco: What I Learned From 10 Years Working With Barack Obama

After I became then-Illinois Senator Barack Obama’s adviser/ director of scheduling in late 2004, [chief of staff ] Pete Rouse became my spiritual guide and mentor. Pete had worked on Capitol Hill for about 40 years, many of those as chief of staff to Senate majority leader Tom Daschle, and was known as the “101st senator” and “mayor of Capitol Hill.” There is no one more thoughtful in the way he gives advice. He returns every e-mail, makes every connection, and does it all while being a wheeler and dealer. When we got to the Senate, Possum drafted one of his famous “strategic plans”—lengthy, painfully thorough memos about how to get something done.

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In this case, it was the strategic plan for Senator Obama’s first year, and it could be summed up as “workhorse, not show horse.” It included lots of time with constituents and in Illinois, and less time with D.C. insiders and celebrities. Obama was quite fine with that. Every decision we made had to stand up to the workhorse vs. show horse test. Obama had a political action committee called the Hope Fund that was right down the street from the Hart Senate Office Building. The Hope Fund ran initiatives for getting young adults from diverse backgrounds into community organizing and politics; it also managed Obama’s political engagements

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17
Mar
17

The Good Good Times

Pete Souza: First time meeting Angela Merkel in 2009

Pete Souza: By request: President Obama with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G20 Summit in 2011.

15
Mar
17

Baracketology: The 2017 Edition

15
Mar
17

Living His Best Life

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14
Mar
17

Chat Away: Love Is In The Air

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13
Mar
17

Early Bird Chat: Serving Looks!

10
Mar
17

The Always Stunning Obamas

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First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama out and about in New York

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07
Mar
17

Chat Away

06
Mar
17

Visiting The National Art Gallery

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02
Mar
17

Profile In Courage




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