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Should Obama be campaigning from the West Wing?

On the campaign trail, Barack Obama criticized Washington for being "obsessed with the perpetual campaign." As president he is the first occupant of the Oval Office to give his director of political affairs -- who coordinates the president's involvement with his party and other campaign related activities -- an office in the West Wing.
Many Americans may assume that the president's entire staff is in the West Wing. It's not. The West Wing is actually a very small place, so the vast number of people who work "at the White House" actually have offices across the street at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB).
Under Mr. Obama, the political director won't be in the EEOB, where other presidents have placed him. He'll occupy a West Wing office usually given to the head of presidential personnel.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 7:52 AM on Jan. 30, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123318823268126605.html


    Is his priority always going to be focused on the campaign?

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:53 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • The election is over so he should just try and do the job he was elected for rather then try too hard to get approval ratings.
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 7:54 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • I am not surprised. He is already accepting donations for his run in 2012.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:03 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • With the image of the US and it's highest office in the worldwide toilet, so to speak, I think it's imperative that the President be in close contact with his political AND public affairs officers. And really, do we care if his office is in the next room or the building across the street?
    AnnieMcD

    Answer by AnnieMcD at 8:11 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • OP--
    "On the campaign trail, Barack Obama criticized Washington for being "obsessed with the perpetual campaign."

    ***
    Pot, meet kettle!

    ALL Obama did as a Senator was campaign for President! What's next...becoming the first black Pope?!
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 8:15 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • From the article"These include public liaison, intergovernmental affairs and political affairs. This reflects the importance he places on these offices' marketing efforts."


    The President's Image should not be about campaigning, marketing for 2012,  and opinion polls.  I think it speaks to his primary focus to the type of President he WANTS be: One that gets re-elected.  Campaigning should be the furthest from his focus. 

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:22 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • Amen to grlygrlz2 and LoriKeet I'm lovin your....becoming the first black Pope thing, gave me a giggle.......thanks!

    He should be 110% focused on the crisis' at hand. But then again we are talking about NObama!
    blessed5x

    Answer by blessed5x at 9:09 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • Why are we shocked about this? He has made enough people mad already that he has keep the campaign trail a movin and a shakin . . .
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 10:50 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

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