Dan Pfeiffer keeps his cool under pressure
By Michael D. Shear
Dan Pfeiffer regularly trolls the West Wing, his list of to-do items -- a couple dozen long -- on a stiff White House-embossed index card in his pocket. At the end of every day, there's always a handful that he can't quite cross off.
The soon-to-be White House communications director is never in one place for long. At one moment, he's feet up on someone else's desk in the press aides' pen, hands clasped behind his head. Then, leaned against a wall in David Axelrod's office down the hall from the Oval Office. Then quickly back to a meeting with press secretary Robert Gibbs, his index card whipped out once more.
If Axelrod is the protector of Obama's message, and Gibbs is in charge of delivering it, Pfeiffer is the presidential operative tasked with making sure that someone is writing or broadcasting or blogging about it. All three jobs overlap, but after three years in Obama's orbit, they have it all worked out.
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November 25, 2009; 5:06 PM ET
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