She was withheld from the Sec of State job due to her take no prisoners style as the National Security Assist. for President Obama….Senate Republicans would never stand for her being confirmed….
President Obama found a place for talents and skills….
She is the head of the Domestic Policy Council for the President…
She is making that something that can match the level of the National Security Council, the top National Security clearing house for the nation….
She heads the policy for domestic policy for health care, immigration, gun safety and racial equity throughout the government…This is NOT the complete list of ALL things domestic that comes up at the Biden White House where she goes to work everyday…
On paper, the job of running the lesser-known Domestic Policy Council is a small role for someone who made the short list for vice president and later hoped for a top national security job.
It is still too early to judge how much clout she will have in an administration well-stocked with domestic policy experts. And it is not clear what role she might play in working through matters that will require some buy-in from Republicans on Capitol Hill, given her self-described role as “recyclable boogeyman” of the right.
But Ms. Rice, one of the few senior Black women officials in the West Wing, has been brought in with a mandate to elevate the council and to operate as part of a policy troika alongside Jake Sullivan, the national security adviser, and Brian Deese, the director of the National Economic Council.
And colleagues say Ms. Rice, well known for her sharp edges, is not shy about asserting herself.
“She has made it so that she’s always going to have a seat at the table, or she’s going to break in the door,” said Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary. “People knew that when she came in.”
This was not where she originally thought she would end up. But during the transition, when it was unclear whether Democrats would win control of the Senate, Ms. Rice’s conversations with the Biden team switched from cabinet positions, like defense secretary and secretary of state, to White House roles that would not require Senate confirmation….
The staff and budget of the Domestic Policy Council is a small fraction of what Ms. Rice had when she oversaw an almost 400-person National Security Council during the Obama administration. Ms. Rice currently has about 40 people reporting to her, with plans to add more by drawing on employees working in government agencies.
Gone is the morning Oval Office meeting with the president to review the daily presidential brief, her routine during her tenure as national security adviser under President Barack Obama, replaced by the promise of at least a standing weekly meeting with Mr. Biden….
Ms. Rice’s decision to take the job has been viewed by some of her former colleagues as a political move to broaden her résumé with work on issues important to Black voters to run for office herself. She said she has not ruled out a run for office at some point, but that she did not take the domestic policy job for that reason.
“This is not a steppingstone,” she said.
Ms. Rice also laughed at the idea of “face time” with the president as a barometer of influence.
“I’m not in there as I was as national security adviser every morning with the P.D.B., which is fine,” she said, referring to the President’s Daily Brief. “This is the great benefit: I’ve been there, done this. I don’t need face time. I need to just get stuff done. I feel like I’m in a position to do that.”…