Shakeup: Longtime White House Advisor to Leave Obama Administration

One of President Barack Obama’s closest advisors revealed late Wednesday that he will be moving on from his position in the White House. Described by the New York Times as the “indispensable” Pete Rouse, a political advisor to the president since prior to his 2008 election and a onetime interim White House Chief of Staff, confirmed that he will leave the service of the president as part of the administration’s second term staffing shakeup.

A number of prominent political commentators have called for the president to make some major personnel changes in the wake of the botched roll-out of the Affordable Care Act. Rouse’s announcement comes days after the White House disclosed that former President Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff, John Podesta, will be joining the administration as a counsel to the president.

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“It will be a tough loss,” President Obama said on Wednesday after acknowledging Rouse’s departure. “But it may be a situation where he feels more comfortable with some discreet assignments here and there, and certainly I will continue to rely on him for the good counsel and advice that I really can’t get from any other people in this town.”

h/t New York Times

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