Thursday, January 6, 2011
Another appointment, another disappointment
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
The White House has selected Gene Sperling as the new chair of the president’s National Economic Council, according to an administration official – a reprise of the role Sperling played in the Clinton administration.
Sperling has been an adviser to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, and helped broker a compromise in December between the White House and congressional Republicans over an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for the nation’s top earners. But the NEC job marks an unlikely return to power for someone who backed Hillary Clinton over Obama during the bruising 2008 Democratic presidential primaries, then saw former subordinates – including former Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag – claim top positions in the new administration.