A panel of political strategists and analysts on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper on Tuesday noted that President Barack Obama is bringing on former White House chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, John Podesta, as a counselor amid historically low job approval ratings. One panel guest noted that Podesta, who guided the Clinton White House through its final days, is a sign that the Obama presidency is winding down.
“I think he’s going to steady the ship over there,” Yahoo! News reporter Olivier Knox said of Podesta’s daily responsibilities. “I think this is clearly the transfusion. The question is whether the transfusion before the amputation in terms of the White House staff.”
Tapper reported that a newly released Quinnipiac University poll showed the president at all-time job approval lows with just 38 percent approving of his performance in office and 57 percent disapproving. “They need to do something,” Tapper said.
“He doesn’t need to raise his approval ratings just for the sake of raising them,” Democratic strategist Kiki McLean submitted. “Those would be nice to make us all feel good on a panel, but that doesn’t have anything to do – what his numbers are doesn’t have anything to do with the kind of work he’s trying to do for the country.”
New York Times columnist Ross Douthat noted that Podesta has experience managing the end of presidential administrations and this is a signal that the White House is preparing to enter a transition period.
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