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Gaspard to be White House Political Director

Patrick Gaspard, a longtime labor operative, will be the White House political director for President-elect Barack Obama, sources with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed to The Fix.

Gaspard served as national political director for much of Obama's general election campaign and was named deputy director of personnel for the transition effort. Prior to his work with Obama, Gaspard was the lead political operative for the 1199 branch of the Service Employees International Union, a huge and hugely influential union representing health care workers in New York. He spent the 2004 general election as the national field director for America Coming Together.

"Patrick is a talented leader of our union and has made an incredible contribution to workers as an organizer and a political strategist," said Anna Burger, the Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU. "We celebrate with him his new role. He's earned it and will serve our country well."

Gaspard was featured prominently in Ryan Lizza's recent New Yorker piece detailing how Obama won.

Of his job interview with the Illinois senator, Gaspard recalled Obama saying: "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." Following the first general election debate between Obama and John McCain, Gaspard emailed his boss to praise him as "more clutch than Michael Jordan." The Democratic nominee replied: "Just give me the ball."

With the news of Gaspard's hire, Obama has filled out much of his White House senior staff with Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel to be chief of staff, Greg Craig to be White House Counsel, Jim Messina and Mona Sutphen will be deputy chiefs of staff while Pete Rouse and David Axelrod will serve as senior advisers to the president. Robert Gibbs, one of Obama's closest confidantes, is widely expected to be White House press secretary but no announcement has been made yet by the transition team.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 21, 2008; 1:48 PM ET
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Real Brother here.

These Racists, White Supremacists and Black man hating lesbians are something else.

Again, the same Idiots who have been WRONG about Barack Obama since DAY ONE, the very same Idiots who called him a Muslim, Arab, Socialist, Facist, Marxist, Empty Suit, Dumb, a Terrorist, was gonna put Bill Ayers and Rev. Wright and Flava Flav in his Cabinet etc.

All nonsense that the Idiots were WRONG about and now they have come up with more BS that they will be WRONG about.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother0003 | November 24, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

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Obama is a do-nothing - everyone in the country is telling him to get up and act now - we do not need another press conference from him in which all his people look scared. (see picture in the Fix posting entitled "Fix Pick: Brooks on the Transition")


There is no change.


There is no change. What is different? The voters voted for something DIFFERENT FROM BUSH, DIFFERENT FROM CLINTON.


HOW HARD IS THAT?


The Clinton people got us into this mess by allowing the internet bubble to emerge - which led to the mortgage bubble - no one has stopped the SNOWBALL OF THE CLINTON ECONOMIC DISASTER.

Clinton is the one who repealed the Glass-Steagall Act - Clinton and the DNC took vast amounts of money from Wall Street to make this happen


Clinton is the one who DEREGULATED WALL STREET.


CLINTON IS THE ONE WHO TOOK VAST AMOUNTS OF MONEY FROM CHINA AND INDONESIA -


Foreign Money?? Sound familar? Foreign money went into Obama's campaign.


We have serious serious problems in this country - the democratic party has shown that it can be bought and paid for with foreign money


WAKE UP AMERICA


WAKE UP AMERICA


WAKE UP AMERICA


WAKE UP AMERICA


WAKE UP AMERICA.


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Posted by: 37thandOStreetRules | November 24, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

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The reality is that economy is the number one issue - AND what do we have here? An affirmative action guy with NO ECONOMIC OR BUSINESS EXPERIENCE EXCEPT FOR BUYING COCAINE.


So what does he do?


He takes ONE BOOK by Doris Kearns Goodwin and that is guiding this whole process. A little silly, however apparently true.

Obama offered little in terms of an economic program during the campaign - mainly because the campaign believed that the poll numbers were going his way and Obama did not have to offer up specifics.


HOWEVER NOW IS DIFFERENT. The country is in serious shape and there IS NO ECONOMIC DIRECTION COMING FROM OBAMA IN THE WEEKS SINCE THE ELECTION.


THERE IS A COMPLETE LACK OF LEADERSHIP.

WALL STREET IS TELLING US SOMETHING - WALL STREET TANKED IN PART BECAUSE THEY PROJECTED OBAMA WINNING AND THEY PROJECTED A HORRIBLE ECONOMIC POLICY FROM HIM.

THE COMPLETE LACK OF LEADERSHIP IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS IS ASTONISHING. IT REALLY IS.


WHAT IS OBAMA GOING TO DO NEXT? READ ANOTHER BOOK ABOUT THE CIVIL WAR???


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Posted by: 37thandOStreetRules | November 23, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

klondike2,

Pay no attention to people like JOBrien1. They're still salty that their candidate didn't win and are looking for every excuse to tear down Obama, even when there's nothing to tear down. It's inevitable. Hopefully we'll be laughing at them when Obama starts making the changes we REALLY need.

Posted by: XanderB | November 21, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

JOBrien1

Because being in the state legislature he did a great job... but it is very different than how he gets to use that judgment that he has shown the American people in his answers for the past 2 years.

He already has shown difference... he is hiring the best person for each job...not the one that is a cronie.

He has shown he is confident in his answers ...and confident enough to take on people who are strong in their opinions.

He has shown that he will talk to all sides...even if he is correct in his judgements.

He realizes that "change" and experience are not mutually exclusive... especially when he brings so much change in his demeanor and judgment than we have seen in a long time.

he acts like a President. he acts like an adult. he acts like a CEO or manager.

isn't it funny when people start screaming about him...even his supporters...he stays level and calm...and gets it done.

that is a pretty big change.

and he does not define himself by who he fights against...but who he includes.

Posted by: klondike2 | November 21, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

When do we get to the part where Obama changes something... anything? When he acts different than any other President-Elect. He has been entirely predictable and partisan. We didn't hire a speechwriter, a policy or political director- we hired a President. And by the way why wasn't he the best, most effective State Senator in Illinois history? Or the best US Senator anyone has ever seen- or even just from Illinois? After all the media, earned and unearned I can't tell you one major legislative accomplishment he has achieved because he a polished C teamer. Michael Jordan...heh- we got the bench.

Posted by: JOBrien1 | November 21, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Remember chances are Obama is a better speech writer and grasps policies better than most...

he's a lefty.

Lefties think more broadly and use their brains in ways that tend to stretch conceptual and process thinking...many times accruing more knowledge or more emotionally and logically transposing "breadth" than righties...

thus the last what...6 presidents besides Bush Jr.... were lefties (reagan was even ambidextrous) ...along with Michelangelo, Einstein, Davinci, Churchill, Mark Twain, Caesar, Napoleon, Alexander the Great, Charlemagne, Gandhi, Rockefeller, Ford, Aristotle, Schweitzer, Curie, Gates, Rockefeller, Mozart...

and let's not forget...Rocky...

all lefties...

so Obama probably is better at the things he spoke of.

Posted by: klondike2 | November 21, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

What does a political director do anyways?

Posted by: DDAWD | November 21, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

That quote is really quite insightful. It explains why Obama feels the need to hire such strong personalities. He needs people to keep his ego in check. A bunch of yes-men would be bad for him.

Not that many people would recognize that about themselves.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 21, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Gaspard - wasn't he one of Clouseau's characters?
come to think of it, Obama is a lot like chauncy.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 21, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

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