White House Probably Pretty Happy It Hired Two Summer Interns Whose Only Job Is To Convert Larry Summers’s Roof Into A Runway For Private Jet He’s About To Demand

White House Probably Pretty Happy It Hired Two Summer Interns Whose Only Job Is To Convert Larry Summers’s Roof Into A Runway For Private Jet He’s About To Demand

When President Barack Obama dropped by Lawrence Summers’s going-away party in 2010, he presented his National Economic Council director with a pair of suspenders, a gag gift to help Summers hold up his perpetually sagging trousers. The gesture was meant to tease Summers, known inside the West Wing for a mix of awkwardness, abrasiveness and brilliance, according to current and former administration officials, who say Obama regards him with both affection and exasperation. As Obama ponders a potential successor to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, his familiarity with Summers, 58, may give his onetime adviser an edge over Fed Vice Chairman Janet Yellen, whom Obama has scarcely met, the officials say…Summers worked in the Clinton administration throughout both terms. After he joined Obama’s White House in 2009, he was passed over for the Fed chairmanship when Obama decided to reappoint Bernanke in August of 2009. Smarting over the decision, Summers phoned Emanuel on his vacation for a discussion that led to increased presidential access. Among the pleas that Summers made: a seat at the table at cabinet meetings, a chauffeured car, and Secret Service protection, according to the officials “I would characterize them as requests, not demands,” said Emanuel, who declined to enumerate all the specific ones that Summers made. “He did want to be at the cabinet table,” he said. “If I’m not mistaken, that was granted.” Summers’s petition for a so-called “portal-to-portal” service wasn’t allowed. The White House’s supply of cars with drivers had already exceeded demand. [Bloomberg]

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