Former Bill Clinton aide to join Obama White House
December 10th, 2013
08:42 AM ET
8 months ago

Former Bill Clinton aide to join Obama White House

(CNN) - John Podesta, longtime Democratic strategist and former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton, will join President Barack Obama's team, sources familiar with discussions told CNN.

Recruited by White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, Podesta's official title will be "counselor to the President." He'll work on a number of issues, including climate and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

This is not the first time Obama and Podesta have worked together. In 2008, Podesta served as co-chair of Obama's White House transition team as he was beginning his first term.

Podesta's return comes after a rocky start to the President's second term.

Not long after Clinton left the White House, Podesta in 2003 helped found the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, where he now serves as chairman.

– CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper contributed to this report.


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  1. Rudy NYC

    Another field day for right wing conspiracy cultists.

    December 10, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  2. jpmichigan

    Obama has changed the ACA law so many times, that it no longer is the ACA passed by Congress. Obama method of law making is more in common with MONARCHY than DEMOCRACY or CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC. Even though he took the oath of office of Presidency to at the best of his ability to preserve , protect and defend the Constitution of the USA. American people have all the power, POWER OF THE VOTING BOOTH> It is our duty to defend, protect and preserve the Constitution if those on the Hill will not/ can not. Vote those people out of office..

    December 10, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  3. jpmichigan

    The truth hurts when typed out so all can see!!!!!

    December 10, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  4. Malory Archer

    jpmichigan

    Obama has changed the ACA law so many times, that it no longer is the ACA passed by Congress.

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    Laws evolve all the time, and this was one law that even the President agreed at its passage that needed to be improved upon. At least President Obama did SOMETHING. What was/is the rethug plan besides "don't get sick, and if you do get sick die quickly" (props to Alan Grayson), besides offering compensation to familymembers who become caregivers? While that IS a noble gesture, it doesn't address the medical needs of sick/elderly people. And what happens when a "caregiver" realizes they're overwhelmed by their responsiblity, mainly due to lack of medical training, and the "patient" dies on their watch? The caregiver could face criminal charges if the authorities feel that he/she didn't exercise due dilligence in their "caregiving".

    December 10, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  5. Thomas

    You give a guy a job , and all the GOP dose is complain .

    Where the jobs ?

    December 10, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Rudy NYC
    Another field day for right wing conspiracy cultists.
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    Yes it is. And along with the others articles as well, the ticker has become TeaPer saturated and overflowing to the brim. Oh, well. Best be on my way to something more agreeable. Baking cookies comes to mind.

    December 10, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |