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Elisabeth Bumiller: Pooling For Dollars

Our very favorite NYT reporter and misguided etiquette mistress of D.C., Elisabeth Bumiller, files a pool report on White House staff changes, with lots of names and facts—many of which she got right.


The new White House counsel's name is spelled Harriet Miers, not Myers.

Elisabeth Bumiller

NYT

cell 202-XXX-XXXX

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Scott called to say that Karl Rove is not "in charge of" the 4 WH councils per my earlier pool report. Karl will coordinate policy among those councils.

Elisabeth Bumiller

NYT

cell 202-XXX-XXXX

Yow. Also: Karl Rove to take over world! Full report follows.

ANDREWS TO DETROIT

Scott gaggled on the president's speech and a bunch of WH staff

changes/elevations. All this will be in the transcript, but here are

highlights, WH staff first::

Karl Rove becomes deputy chief of staff in addition to retaining his

title

as senior adviser to the president. This is the deputy chief of staff

position previously held by Josh Bolten and Harriet Myers. Rove will

continue to oversee politics but also be in charge of the 4 WH

councils

-- the national security council, the national economic counsel, etc.

Joe Hagin remains as deputy chief of staff but in addition to his

administration and logistics duties expands his portfolio to include

intelligence, counter-terrorism and proliferation.

Sarah Taylor takes over Matt Schlapp's job in charge of the WH

political

office, but please check Scott's wording on that.

Kristen Silverberg, a deputy assistant to the president for domestic

policy, becomes deputy assistant to the president for policy.

Claire Buchan of the press office becomes chief of staff to the

Commerce

secretary. Claire's last day is Friday.

Dana Perino moves into Claire's job; she was previously at Justice

and

EPA.

On Harry Reid, the RNC and the White House: Scott dodged all

questions

on

whether the president supported the RNC's letter against Reid and

said

only

that the president wanted to work together and that they had a good

dinner

at the WH last night. The transcript goes on and on on this

subject but

Scott didn't budge.

On the speech in Detroit, the president will set forth these three

"pillars:'' 1. govt. must exercise spending restraint 2. he is

building

upon is pro-growth economic policies 3. he is modernizing important

institutions like social security

Scott also had comment commending leaders in Middle East on

cease-fire.

Nothing else out of the routine...president boarded A1 without

incident

and

on schedule in Washington, and same for Detroit, where he

disembarked in

cold, clammy Michigan weather. Hagin and Bartlett accompanying him.

We're

now lurching toward COBO Hall in the motorcade.

Elisabeth Bumiller

NYT

cell 202-XXX-XXXX

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