"For months, they have felt adrift — no decisive leadership behind Obama. Their defensive posture on just about everything isn't working. The many crises seem to keep catching them by surprise."
"It's never as good the second time around."
About the same
"They're good people, but many of them have been there too long. It was a long campaign and a tough first term. After seven years of battling, some of them are worn out."
"A lot of talent left, but those who remain are more experienced. It's a wash."
"The circumstances are pretty different, given that he started out with a Democratic Congress. The second term requires different skills, and I think his current staff is navigating it pretty well."
"More stability. Less energy. Equal aloofness."
"The issue is not the team. The issue is his refusal to professionalize the White House staff."
On balance, do you think President Obama's second-term White House staff is stronger, weaker, or about the same as his first-term staff?
REPUBLICANS (95 VOTES)
About the same: 39%
"This always happens. The talent that helped the president gain office leaves to cash in, and bureaucrat-types move in."
"What happened to the days when John Sununu made as much news as the POTUS? That helped the administration. Obama is not being well served here."
"The legislative team is third tier. There is no congressional interaction with either party."
"Ain't nobody like Rahmbo."
"Everyone in Washington knows there is only one White House staffer of consequence: Valerie Jarrett. The rest just answer phones and write memos."
"Every second-term team is weaker in many respects. This team has the dual distinction of being true believers in the cause (no devil's advocates allowed), while turnover has forced the second team to take on starter-level roles."
"From Team of Rivals to a bunch of Yes Men and Women."
About the same
"They were both weak. The failures of the first team are now coming to public attention."
"Hack life cycle: Inexperienced campaign aides who got jobs at the start of the administration become experienced White House staff who move on and get replaced by inexperienced campaign aides."
"It's a purely political staff, so the outcomes have been without substance or sustainability; witness the unraveling of Obamacare."
"It always looks like you are doing a worse job when the press covers what you're doing."
"Would be weaker if not for Denis McDonough, who was a great addition."
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