Her efforts bore fruit, as legacy media largely ignored the stunning news that the third of four senior members of the Obama economic team has jumped ship.
Larry Summers follows Peter Orszag and Christina Romer, who earlier left their roles as director of the OMB and head of the Council of Economic Advisers, respectively.
White House officials expect Lawrence Summers to leave his job as the president’s National Economic Council director after November’s congressional elections, according to three people familiar with the matter.
His departure would leave Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner as the only member of President Barack Obama’s original top-tier economic team. Summers, 55, and the president have discussed his future plans, according to one person.
Administration officials are weighing whether to put a prominent corporate executive in the NEC director’s job to counter criticism that the administration is anti-business, one person familiar with White House discussions said. White House aides are also eager to name a woman to serve in a high-level position, two people said. They also are concerned about finding someone with Summers’ experience and stature, one person said.
Note the emphasis: the White House is interested in finding a woman, as opposed to the most qualified person, irrespective of gender.
Consider: the economy is flat on its back, and the Obama administration is still more interested in playing gender politics than in fixing the economy. It had already cemented a formidable reputation as masters of racial politics.
Turbo Tim Geithner could not be reached for comment as he was trying to save an Excel spreadsheet as a Quicken file.
Update: An anonymous respondent writes, "So they're looking for a female, Ivy League prof with some business experience, who can also suck-up to Obama. Maybe they should break down a few more barriers and nominate a hirsute, transgendered, Ivy League Ec Prof who once advised Enron - Paul Krugman, come on down!"
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