October 05, 2010


Who's Closest to Obama?

Michael Shear applies a little Kremlinology to the official White House Flickr feed to determine who might be closest to President Obama now that Rahm Emanuel has left his job as chief of staff.

"After the vice president and Mr. Emanuel, there are a group of advisers who all appear in roughly 70 pictures each: David Axelrod, senior adviser (72); Robert Gibbs, press secretary (62); Phil Shiliro, legislative liason (64); Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (69). And then there is another tier of advisers -- those who appear less frequently, but still can be seen in dozens of pictures. Those include Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser (40); James Jones, the national security adviser (30); and Defense Secretary Robert Gates (35)."










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