Obama Needs Help Selling Economic Plans

His team lacks common touch
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2009 10:36 AM CDT
Obama Needs Help Selling Economic Plans
Economic adviser Christina Romer speaks on a morning news show from the White House on March 23, 2009, about President Barack Obama's economic plan.    (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

The White House economic team is great on policy, but when it comes to reassuring the public, President Obama is on his own, Peter Nicholas and Peter Wallsten write in the LA Times. "The ability to communicate with average people was not what these people were chosen for," Clinton's ex-budget director said. And that means it's up to Obama to sell the administration's complex economic plans.

But there's danger in that, Nicholas and Wallsten write. "You can't have the president talk about the economy all the time," the Clinton aide said. "He's got to talk about Afghanistan and other things. You can't overuse the president." And it looks like Obama might know that. On Sunday, a lower level adviser did the talk show thing while Larry Summers, Christina Romer, and Tim Geithner stayed in the background.
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