We have a Democratic President….
There IS a reach back to prior Democratic admin’s for staff and expertise….
And with that comes access for prior President’s….
This piece in the Hill is a acknowledgement of same…
One would hope THAT doesn’t rub some people the wrong way….
Because the Biden admin needs ALL the help it can get to deal with the coming efforts to get anything done.
When former President Clinton wanted to relay a message about what Joe Biden should say during a victory speech on Super Tuesday last year, he picked up the phone and dialed his former aide Bruce Reed, as he had done countless times before that day.
Reed, who served as one of Biden’s closest advisers on his presidential campaign, took notes as his former boss chimed in about how Biden should call for unification of the Democratic Party in his address.
The Biden administration has often been called Obama 2.0, with many aides spilling over from the former Democratic president’s White House. But Democrats say the huge overlap between the Biden and Clinton worlds is even more striking.
“The former president has many ways to get his views into the White House bloodstream,” said William Galston, a senior fellow of governance studies at the Brookings Institution who also served as a policy adviser in Clinton’s White House.
Reed, now Biden’s deputy chief of staff, served as chief domestic policy adviser in the Clinton White House. Biden’s senior adviser Steve Richetti served as deputy chief of staff for operations under Clinton. Tina Flournoy, who serves as Vice President Harris’s chief of staff, held the same job title until recently for Clinton.
Galston said Gene Sperling’s return as the czar overseeing the COVID-19 relief response “puts the cherry on top” of prominent Clinton aides who currently work for Biden.
Clinton and Biden share a number of similarities, the president’s aides and allies say.
“I’ve always thought Biden was much more Clinton than Obama,” one longtime Biden aide said. “I think that’s why so many of the people Clinton surrounded himself with are also Biden people. And I’m sure in many ways Biden’s approach is similar to Clinton’s approach.”
“They’re cut from the same cloth,” the aide said….