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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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By Web Politics Editor  |  November 25, 2009; 5:06 PM ET
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Hey, if this dude Pfeiffer is so cool under fire maybe we ought to give him to Mc Doodle (err.., I mean McCrystal) in Afghanistan.

Posted by: jws2346 | November 26, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the inside White House info.
There was so little during the Bush error.

Posted by: angie12106 | November 26, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Clearly, majcsmith has a long future in snarking commenting. By the way, it should be "much OF a future". If you're going to snark, try doing it grammatically correct.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | November 26, 2009 12:58 AM | Report abuse

When I read this article all I could think was:

Journalistic integrity: 0
Craven @ss Licking: 1

Look, it is clear that you’re trying to butter the guy up for a job when the Wash. Post folds. But have you, or your so called editors, ever stopped to think that it is articles like this that is killing the newspaper industry?

Take my advice:
1. Get off your knees;
2. Wipe your mouth;
3. Get your blue dress laundered before those stains set; and
4. Learn a trade. You don’t have much future in journalism.

Posted by: majcsmith | November 25, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

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