March 5th, 2009
04:45 AM ET
6 years ago

Barnes walks the point on Obama policy agenda

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White House Domestic Policy Director Melody Barnes, right, meets with a member of her staff.
White House Domestic Policy Director Melody Barnes, right, meets with a member of her staff.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Melody Barnes could be one of the most powerful inside players you've never heard of.

Watch: Power player pushes Obama's agenda

As director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, Barnes has a huge role in determining whether the domestic policy initiatives President Obama pledged to carry out will be enacted.

Barnes' job is to make sure the Cabinet and other agencies under the White House's control are putting Obama's policy agenda front and center, from health care and education reform to urban affairs and immigration.

Watch: Barnes on American Morning

From her West Wing office, she spends her days talking to Cabinet secretaries, members of Congress and advocacy groups.

What does a typical day look like?

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