WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is seeking to build a team for the final years of his administration where management expertise may trump keen political or legislative skills, after he was burned by the failed rollout of his health care law.
Nearly all of the political gurus who ran Obama's presidential campaigns have left the White House. In their place are mostly lesser known figures who have spent years in government, often in policy jobs that only make the news when something goes wrong.
The shift partly indicates the White House's low expectations for passing new legislation in a second term. It also shows recognition by the White House that a repeat of the problems that plagued the health care rollout could have dire consequences for the president.