Cut to 16 years later. Obama made no such promise, even though Dems have made a general attack on the Bush presidency for being too autocratic. As I sit here watching the news, it seems to me, without proof, that Obama is expanding the number and reach of people in his White House office. If true, a couple observations:
- it might be a way to finesse policy differences, by giving each position a seat at the table. That would fit with Obama's perceived pattern of hoping to reconcile differences.
- it is also a step away from "cabinet government", power moving from the departments to the White House.
- certainly it is another layer of bureaucracy, posing another challenge to Mr. Emanuel.