White House economic aide Sperling says will depart March 5

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Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling speaks to the press in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, January 6, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling speaks to the press in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, January 6, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After postponing his departure from the White House by a few months, President Barack Obama's top economic aide, Gene Sperling, said on Wednesday that he will leave the administration early next month.

"My last day is March 5," Sperling said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. He will depart the day after the White House issues its budget proposal for fiscal 2015 on March 4.

Sperling, a longtime adviser to Obama and to former President Bill Clinton, first announced in September that he would leave the White House to join his family in California.

He agreed to stay until January to help the White House through difficult talks with Congress about the budget and debt ceiling, which in October led to a government shutdown.

Sperling later agreed to stay on a bit longer to give his replacement, Jeffrey Zients, time to ease into the job after Zients spent two months overseeing efforts to fix HealthCare.gov, the website used to shop for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

Sperling has led several recent White House initiatives, including the push to extend unemployment benefits, plans to help more low-income students go to college, and efforts to encourage more chief executives to hire those who have been unemployed for a long period of time.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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4825 wrote:
From Reuters: “Sperling later agreed to stay on a bit longer to give his replacement, Jeffrey Zients, time to ease into the job after Zients spent two months overseeing efforts to fix HealthCare.gov, the website used to shop for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.”

Zients may get the website running fine but it will take a lot longer than two months to fix the failed obamacare. The money this administration has spent is mind boggling. Almost doubling the national debt over President Obama’s administration is, well in then Senator Obama’s own words in 2006:

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”

Mr. Obama, if Americans deserved better back in 2006, why are you following an even more aggressive increase in the national debt during your presidency?

Feb 19, 2014 12:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
@4825, to quote you ‘The money this administration has spent is mind boggling.’ Come back to reality man, the Obama administration has been the most thrifty since Hoover, those are the facts…

http://www.policymic.com/articles/9069/has-obama-spent-more-than-any-other-u-s-president-in-history-yes-and-no

Feb 19, 2014 1:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
4825 wrote:
USAPragmatist2- Just check out government’s own website to see what the national debt has gone up. Anyone can. Obama just got his 1 trillion dollar debt limit increase for the year. You keep sticking your head in the sand and believing he is the “thrifty” president if you want but most folks know better.
And before you start talking about inheriting this war or that war you just remember that he had opportunity to cut the cost of those wars the day he walked into the oval office, but he didn’t. He could have walked away from them on day one if he felt as strongly about spending as the quote I gave in the first post, but he didn’t. He could have worked to reduce spending with his super majority in both houses, but he didn’t. There is a funny thing in modern politics, what you say and do tends to get recorded and we can see he was just blowing smoke when he said what he did in 2006. It is kind of like, “if you like your plan you can keep your plan”, it can come back to bite you.

Feb 19, 2014 1:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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