Great piece on Sunday by 60 Minutes on the inner circle that propelled Barack Obama to the White House. Robert Gibbs, David Axelrod, David Plouffe, and Anita Dunn all sat down for a joint interview about 90 minutes after Obama’s victory speech in Chicago. It’s 1:00 in the morning, and they look like they haven’t slept in days. It’s so nice to have adults in charge of the country once again.
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Gibbs and Axelrod will be going to the White House. Plouffe might replace Howard Dean as the new DNC chair.
And a must-read article in the New Yorker on the inner workings of the Obama campaign reveals that Barack Obama is Michael Jordan:
Patrick Gaspard, the campaign’s political director, said that when, in early 2007, he interviewed for a job with Obama and Plouffe, Obama said that he liked being surrounded by people who expressed strong opinions, but he also said, “I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.” After Obama’s first debate with McCain, on September 26th, Gaspard sent him an e-mail. “You are more clutch than Michael Jordan,” he wrote. Obama replied, “Just give me the ball.”