Podesta: Obama Must Stop Being 'Prime Minister'

Wednesday, 31 Mar 2010 10:20 PM

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Former Clinton White House Chief of Staff John Podesta tells the German magazine Der Spiegel that President Barack Obama got too involved in the recent healthcare debates, burying himself in details.

The result is a president as “prime minister” too involved in managing legislative squabbles instead of remaining above the fray, Podesta suggests.
“He has got to stop being the prime minister. Obama needs to project the strong power he has as the US president and use his cabinet more effectively,” Podesta says in the interview.

“He got too entwined in these negotiations,” Podesta says, referring to the healthcare debate. “So the story was all about the sausage-making and not about what he was trying to deliver and how it fit in with the other things he was trying to get done. The public lost a sense of what the big story was. He stopped making the case to the country about how his different reform elements fit together.”

Read the full story in Der Spiegel


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