From the dog-bites-man files: Obama consolidating power in second term

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President Obama has begun his second term by consolidating his personal control of the White House, Democrats in and outside the Administration say, reflecting a shift from his less centralized first term, BuzzFeed reports.

“The shift has become clear in the new style of management under Obama’s new Chief of Staff, Denis McDonough, who — unlike his predecessors — acts more as Obama’s enforcer than as a principal in his own right.”

“Once, McDonough’s predecessors, notably Rahm Emanuel, made strategic choices and served as the key liaisons to Congress. Now, Obama sets the strategy and priorities and makes the calls to Capitol Hill himself; and the chief of staff’s role has been handed to a trusted ally who shares the president’s vision.”

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