What will Obama 2.0 look like?
President Barack Obama has given little hint of a major shift in his governing strategy following the midterm elections on Nov. 2, but Peter Baker’s piece in the New York Times magazine suggests changes are in the works.
But it’s not clear how far-reaching they will be.
Baker writes that Obama aides Pete Rouse, the interim chief of staff, and deputy chief of staff Jim Messina have been talking with the president about “Obama 2.0.”
The piece cites education, expanded trade and scaled-back energy legislation as areas that might lend themselves to bipartisan agreement. Baker also quotes Obama as saying that “regardless of what happens after this election” there will be room for bipartisan cooperation because Republicans will feel more responsible.
Obama’s decision to tap insiders for key staff roles, such as Rouse for chief of staff and Tom Donilon for national security adviser, had many assuming the White House was planning few changes to its strategy. That assumption might not be entirely correct.
Photo credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque (Obama at a “commit to vote tele-town webcast” at George Washington University)