"Coming off one of the most difficult weeks of his presidency, Barack Obama has beefed up his political staff and is expected to deliver an uncompromising State of the Union address. But aides said Sunday that the White House wasn't making any abrupt policy shifts, even as the message was retooled to focus more sharply on job creation...If anything, an unfinished agenda from 2009 will grow larger as, in addition to tackling health care and unemployment, the president presses for a bipartisan commission to tackle the budget deficit against resistance from Republicans....White House officials said Obama campaign manager David Plouffe will be brought on as a political consultant as the White House gears up for the midterm elections. The president's party is facing a stiff headwind from an electorate angry about high unemployment and what they see as ineffectual government, White House officials say. Republican Scott Brown's victory for the Massachusetts Senate seat Tuesday was a first shot in what Democrats worry will be hard-fought contests in November"
Sunday, January 24, 2010
When Failing, just start Campaigning Again: White House Toughens Tone After Difficult Week - WSJ.com
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