Since excerpts began circulating via various media and Internet sources, the Obama White House has initiated an all out offensive disputing the portrayal of a weak and indecisive Barack Obama uncertain of his obligations as President of the United States. Of course, this same White House omits the fact they themselves invited author Ron Suskind in to observe the administration, with several senior officials granting interviews with the knowledge the material was to be used or publication.
He’s in – he’s out Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner stated Suskind’s image of a meek and muted Barack Obama leaving the job of developing an economic plan to combat the worsening economy as bearing little resemblance to reality. Geithner’s assessment might have been enough to quell the quickly growing interest in “Confidence Men” if not for the similar versions given by other senior White House officials that appear to support the Suskind portrayal.
Perhaps most telling is former Obama economic adviser Larry Summer’s whispered admission that when it came to the Obama White House, there were “no adults in charge” – and that the staff were in effect, “home alone.” Other former administration such as Council of Economic Advisers chair Dr. Christina Romer have had associates indicate to various news sources that her complaints in the book of an Obama administration run like a “boys club” were in fact accurate. Romer left the White House after just one year.
Here is an excerpt of the publisher’s review:
…The new president surrounded himself with a team of seasoned players—like Rahm Emanuel, Larry Summers, and Tim Geithner—who had served a different president in a different time. As the nation’s crises deepened, Obama’s deputies often ignored the president’s decisions—“to protect him from himself”—while they fought to seize control of a rudderless White House. Bitter disputes—between men and women, policy and politics—ruled the day. The result was an administration that found itself overtaken by events as, year to year, Obama struggled to grow into the world’s toughest job and, in desperation, take control of his own administration.