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Some Obama Staffers Are Expected to Depart

By    |   Friday, 07 Nov 2014 06:26 PM

In the wake of the Republican tidal wave which swamped Washington this week, look for some of President Barack Obama's staffers to be sending out their resumes, rather than sticking with the White House until the bitter end.

However, one Obama loyalist, national security adviser Susan Rice, insists that she will be staying on.

"I serve at the pleasure of the president, and I will continue to serve as long as he'd like me to," Rice said at a press conference, The Hill reported.

Secretary of State John Kerry also is expected to stay on. Rice, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was in the running for secretary of State until she came under fire for her characterization of the 2012 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, as a spontaneous demonstration rather than a planned assault, the Washington Times reports.

Obama likely will be looking at some desks that need filling, as White House press secretary Josh Earnest said he was "confident that there will be some of my colleagues who will, as previous White House staffers have done, make a decision after a big election to decide that it’s time to move on."

One of those headed for the door is Rice's deputy, Anthony Blinken, whose departure for the State Department to replace departing deputy William Burns will leave a gaping hole in Obama's national security staff at a time when the administration is conducting a war against the Islamic State (ISIS), coping with Israeli-Palestinian conflicts and facing Russia's newest military incursions into the Ukraine.

The Washington Post speculates that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel likely will leave before the end of Obama's lame duck term.

"Obama’s biggest challenge — his acid test, if you will — is whether he can revitalize his foreign policy team so he can make the most of these opportunities. White House officials say that Obama knows he needs new blood, wider bandwidth, more intellectual capital — choose your metaphor," the Post writes.

However, while some restructuring will be necessary, no post-election bloodbath in the aftermath of the election defeat is anticipated. Earnest said, "The president is somebody who doesn’t make personnel changes just for cosmetic reasons. Maybe that would generate a day or two of positive headlines if the president were to satisfy the need to publicly fire a couple of people, but that’s not the way the president operates.

"The way the president operates is he’s going to take a look at his team, and I think he’s going to try to draw some conclusions about who he needs around him to advise him."

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In the wake of the Republican tidal wave which swamped Washington this week, look for some of President Barack Obama's staffers to be sending out their resumes, rather than sticking with the White House until the bitter end.
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