Obama selects replacement for departing top aide
March 18th, 2014
07:23 PM ET
8 months ago

Obama selects replacement for departing top aide

Washington (CNN) – A longtime aide to President Barack Obama is being upped to the White House’s top operations role.

Anita Decker Breckenridge, who has worked for Obama since his days as an Illinois state senator, will assume the job of deputy chief of staff for operations from Alyssa Mastromonaco, another Obama-world veteran who is stepping down to pursue a career in the private sector.

Decker Breckenridge helped choreograph Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign announcement and later became his personal assistant.

“She has impeccable judgment, extraordinary foresight, and the battle-tested resolve to help lead this White House for the next three years,” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said in a statement.

Mastromonaco started working with Obama in early 2005 as the then-senator’s scheduler. Originally from New York, Mastromonaco got her start in national politics with Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign in 2004.

“She may be leaving the White House but she will not be going far, as the President will continue to rely on her wise counsel,” McDonough said of Mastromonaco.

The job Decker Breckenridge is taking on is one of the most important in the White House. She’ll be responsible for overseeing all of Obama’s personnel decisions and nominations, as well as operations within the White House campus and on Air Force One.


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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. BErnard

    a lot of people leaving obama white house maybe to find better job

    March 18, 2014 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  2. Name Uche Agonsi

    Obama has to find a quick effective response to Putin manoeuvres and then tackle the upsurge of GOPers in believing that they will takeover the entire Congress.

    March 19, 2014 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  3. Sendro

    President Obama... "Hey Decker Is that Putin on the news? looking good looking good"
    Decker.."Yes Mr. President he is giving a speech about annexing Ukraine."
    President Obama.. "Poor klistchko but he can always go back to boxing" Please, call Hillary and ask her what she thinks about it because Joe just took amnesia sleeping pills guess cant find Ukrain in the map now.

    March 19, 2014 03:56 am at 3:56 am |
  4. wise guy

    The brilliant rwnj howl she's jumping ship like a rat, she is working on another Obama project in the private sector, idiots, they are reliant on lies on every issue, sad .

    March 19, 2014 07:54 am at 7:54 am |