October 22nd, 2010
11:48 AM ET
11 years ago

White House Dispatch: Obama confidant to take on new role

Washington (CNN)–President Obama is staying "in the family" to fill another vacancy in the White House.

Denis McDonough, who has been one of his most trusted advisors and is a full time resident of the president's tight inner circle, is being tapped as deputy national security advisor.

"He possesses a remarkable intellect, irrepressible work ethic, and a sense of collegiality that has earned him the respect of his colleagues," the President said in a statement. He added that McDonough will be "indispensable" to the national security team as the administration continues to "protect the American people, and advance American interests and values around the world."

McDonough, who has been serving as chief of staff to the National Security Council (NSC) will also have the title of assistant to the president.

He'll be working under newly named National Security Advisor Tom Donilon.

"I could not ask for a better colleague," Donilon said. "I look forward to continuing to work with Denis and our talented and hard-working National Security Staff as we carry forward our effort to advance a safer, stronger, and more prosperous America."

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Mob politics

    Of course he's going to "keep it in the family", just like the Sopranos. God forbid he finds someone who is not a "yes man" and would have the steadfastness to actually provide sound and realistic counsel that reflects concern for the over 6 million unemployed Americans. So far, the "family" has shown little concern or demonstrated any empathy for those in dire straits. While should the million of Americans who are unemployed get "fired up" like this election is a Duke versus North Carolina basketball game? Getting fired up doesn't pay the bills or put food on the table. November 2 is almost here! Can't wait to get rid of some of these rich cats and career liberal politicians!

    October 22, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. John

    Funny, when Bush was in the White House, everyone called it cronyism.

    October 22, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. Bertina

    Yeah mob just so you can get rid of the same republican fat cats in 2012 and 2014? I don't think so, somehow I think it will still be the same bs like it was in 2000, republicans taking over and not caring what's going on in reality.

    October 22, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. A Kickin` Donkey

    This is what is known in American business as promoting from within. Have succession plans in place and developing a "PIPELINE" of talent is what one expects from a Chief Executive.

    We`ve seen this before from the President, for example, Kagan moving from Solicitor General (the government`s lawyer) to her being an associate justice on the Supreme Court.

    I just hope the DNC is grooming people NOW to takeover for Senator Reid, McCain and the other top 25 oldest members of Congress.

    Let`s not be leaderless like the Republican party is today.

    October 22, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Monster Zero

    Where outside the family and inner circle would you find enough radical Socio-Marxist psychopaths to fill all the vacancies?

    October 22, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |