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Imagine being Denis McDonough, chief of staff for President Obama. Each day you must try to control the president's agenda in order that the work of the people is done.
For example you could schedule time for the president to focus like a laser on the economy, solving America's unemployment problems. You could schedule a press conference to explain the Affordable Care Act. (OK, it may take two press conferences.)
You could look for an eraser to remove that red line the boss used to paint himself into a corner somewhere in the Middle East. You could dedicate a few hours to solve the murder of our Libyan ambassador and three other Americans that took place a year ago in Benghazi.
You could set aside time to get to the bottom of the IRS targeting of conservative groups and our veterans groups. You could have him explain why the NSA needs to look at emails and collect phone calls of all Americans. You could have the president propose a balanced budget.
You could also put those trivial matters on the back burner and focus on the real issues that impact this president: things like trying to squeeze in a daily tee time at Congressional Country Club, appearing on "The Tonight Show" or "The View," or making sure Air Force One is gassed up for the next vacation.
I wonder if Denis gets to tag along.
Larry D. Greene