President Obama will name two new deputy chiefs of staff and a new press secretary this week, capping a three-stage reorganization of his inner circle that began last November with an overhaul of his economic team.
The two deputies are health care expert Nancy-Ann DeParle and White House scheduler Alyssa Mastromonaco. Their appointments were previously reported by National Journal. Jay Carney, the spokesman for Vice President Joe Biden, will be the new White House press secretary replacing Robert Gibbs. The Carney appointment was first reported by the Associated Press, although it had been widely hinted at for some time.
It was Mastromonaco who orchestrated presidential trips to Iraq and Afghanistan, and who skillfully and secretly set up meetings between Obama and his potential vice presidential picks even as the press watched the campaign's every move. She's been with Obama since his days in the Senate.
DeParle, Obama's senior adviser on health care, will become deputy chief of staff for policy, succeeding the departing Mona Sutphen. She became indispensable to the president during the long months of negotiations over health care reform, and she will now tend to Obama's efforts to implement the health care law in the face of Republican efforts to defund it.
Carney, an affable former journalist for Time magazine, has had the sometimes unenviable job of keeping his boss, the free-wheeling former senator from Delaware, on message and explaining away the times when Biden steps out of line. He is married to the author and television correspondent Claire Shipman.
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Carney has played a key role in developing the administration's post-stimulus messaging. The extent of his relationship with Obama is unclear. He'll have the advantage of having been colleagues--competitively or as part of the same organization--with many journalists across the podium.