World s Toughest Job Essay

Submitted By Shaeyla-Davis
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Pages: 3

Shaeyla Davis
POLS 1101
07/07/2014
Extra Credit The White House Chief of Staff is an Assistant to the President of the United States. The Chief of Staff oversees the Executive Office of the President of the United States. This office was created in 1939 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and is responsible for a variety of critical functions in support of the president’s work and agenda. Primary responsibilities of the White House Chief of Staff. The duties of the White House Chief of Staff vary greatly in each administration, according to the needs and desires of each president. The position typically plays both a managerial and advisory role that encompasses several important functions: selecting and supervising key White House staff, controlling access to the Oval Office and the president, managing communications and information flow, and negotiating with Congress, executive branch agencies, and external political groups to implement the president’s agenda. Many of the chiefs are framed by the major catastrophes of their administrations. The role of Chief of Staff was fit for some than others. For example, Andrew Card will always be remembered for being one of the longest Chiefs of Staff (’00-’06). He was the one who had to tell President Bush that “America is under attack.” He knew that even though President Bush was in a classroom full of kids at the moment, he needed to tell him what happened and he did. Under Clinton’s administration, Mack McLarty was a friend from back home who Clinton chose as Chief of Staff, but others claimed he wasn’t “tough enough to be Chief of Staff.” Dick Cheney will always be remembered for being the youngest staff member and liberals were convinced that they’d actually lived through the Cheney presidency. What I found most surprising about the experiences of the Chiefs of Staff is that they found out majority of the things going on in the country/world before the President. The Chief would a lot of times have to call the President at two or three o’clock in the morning to let them know something had happened. I certainly thought the President knew…