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Departure of Top Aides Could Grow Jarrett’s Power Further

President Obama will lose two of his most senior aides over the next few months, departures that could further augment the power of the person who is already the paramount Obama advisor, Valerie Jarrett.

The departure of Obama senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer next month would leave Jarrett as the last remaining White House official who has been part of Obama’s inner circle since the start. Pfeiffer served as communications director early in the administration and has long been viewed by White House observers as a man who had the trust of the president and his other aides.

Also departing is the current communications director, Jeniffer Palmieri, though she won’t leave until the spring. Palmieri, a veteran of the Bill Clinton White House, is expected to join Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Immigration Edict Set for End of Summer

Looks like President Obama doesn’t want any immigration blowback interrupting his August vacation.

White House senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer Sunday indicated Obama’s expected move to provide legal status to millions of illegal immigrants will occur around Labor Day. Responding to a question from George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week about whether the executive action would be handed down “in September,” Pfeiffer replied, “It’ll be at the end of the summer.”

Pfeiffer pretended there was some kind of formal process exogenous to the White House – where the real power lies – in play, saying Obama would not act until he got “recommendations” from Attorney General Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Johnson, and that those weren’t due until end of summer.

But you and I know Obama simply doesn’t want all the shpitt hitting the fan while he’s on Martha’s Vineyard August 9-24, or ruining a possible three-day Labor Day Weekend golf extravaganza.

Pfeiifer offered up the usual White House drivel about Obama needing to do something because Congress won’t bend to his will.

Because of Congress’ failure to fix the immigration system and to pass the supplemental appropriations will need to deal with the specific crisis on the border, the president has no choice but to act.

Really? No choice?

Where in the Constitution does it say that if Congress fails to act, the president must write his own laws?

Actually, just last November, as Stephanopoulos pointed out, Obama himself couldn’t find such a provision:

If, in fact, I could solve all these problems without passing laws in Congress, then I would do so. But we’re also a nation of laws. That’s part of our tradition.

I dunno, maybe he went rummaging through the Federalist Papers between tees Saturday.

Or maybe we’re no longer a nation of laws.

Another Sunday Show Prep Lie?

Former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner appears to be alleging that the White House asked him to lie during an appearance on the Sunday talk shows, telling him to say that Social Security doesn’t contribute to the deficit, when it does.

From Geithner’s new book out today, “Stress Test Reflections in Financial Crises:”

I remember during one Roosevelt Room prep session before I appeared on the Sunday shows, I objected when Dan Pfeiffer wanted me to say Social Security didn’t contribute to the deficit. It wasn’t a main driver of our future deficits, but it did contribute.

Pfeiffer said the line was a ‘dog whistle’ to the left, a phrase I had never heard before. He had to explain that the phrase was code to the Democratic base, signaling that we intended to protect Social Security.

In fact, taxpayer funds from general revenues – not just the payroll tax – are NOW being used to pay Social Security beneficiaries. Pfeiffer surely knew this.

But if one wanted to be charitable – one doesn’t, but if one did – one would speculate that Geithner corrected Pfeiffer and Pfeiffer said, “Oh, I didn’t know that.”

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The White House claims Pfeiffer bends over backwards to tell the truth

But judging by the White House response today, we have a he said, he said on our hands.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Pfeiffer surely told Geithner to say Social Security is not a main driver of the deficits. But Geithner is pretty clear that this is exactly what Pfeiffer did not say.

Reporting on Fox News a few minutes ago, Ed Henry said a “source close to Geithner” said Geithner didn’t mean to say the White House was sending him forth to mislead people on the Sunday talk shows.

Sounds like reeling it back in to me.

What’s more, of course, there seems to be a bit of pattern about these prep sessions. My suggestion is, next time an administration official appears on a Sunday talk show, go make a mimosa and do the crossword puzzle.

Pfeiffer Declares Class Warfare

President Obama’s consigliere-in-chief Dan Pfeiffer Sunday signaled his boss will be waging class warfare through November, as Democrats reach ever deeper into their empty bag of tricks to try to hold onto the Senate. Pfeiffer appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press. We’re on the right side of the issue of that matters most to the… Continue Reading

Pfeiffer: Uhh, Uhh, It’s Bush’s Fault!

Bombarded by Fox New Sunday host Chris Wallace with statistics demonstrating the failure of President Obama’s policies, White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer Sunday fell back on an old standby: LOOK AT THE MESS BUSH LEFT US!! I think it’s important to remember this president inherited the worst economic situation since the Great Depression. A… Continue Reading

Obama’s Benghazi WOW Factor

When I was a kid, we had a neighbor, a young woman whose perennial reaction to things was, “Oh wowwww!” This, we deduced, probably had to do with her having not quite enough working brain synapses to process new information, and even fewer available to manufacture an intelligible response. And so she just presented to… Continue Reading

White House Contempt for Average Americans

It’s not pleasant to be reminded that the White House is dripping with contempt for average citizens. Tweets issued over the weekend by former White House senior adviser David Plouffe and his replacement, Dan Pfeiffer, shed some light on how President Obama and his top advisers view their opponents. Not just their political opponents. Their… Continue Reading

Obama to Make Major Staff Announcements

President Obama will make significant changes to the seating arrangements on the ship of state, appointing Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough to be White House Chief of staff and tapping Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer to serve as “senior adviser.” McDonough has little experience running anything, having served as a veteran Capitol Hill and Washington… Continue Reading

Top Obama Aide: U.S. System Not Worthy of Obama

This has been around for a couple of days, but I wanted to make sure you saw it. One of President Obama’s top advisers suggested to the Washington Post the other day that neither Republicans nor the American political system are “worthy” of Obama’s political agenda. “There’s a moment of opportunity now that’s important,” said… Continue Reading

Nicely Done, Dan: WH Sorry for Churchill Bust Error

White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer did something today I’ve never seen a White House official do in any of the three administrations I covered: He apologized for something. Okay, probably it’s happened before, but if so I don’t remember it. Pfeiffer, you’ll remember, had in a White House blog post dismissed in the most scornful manner… Continue Reading