pic of Tom Donilon via AP
Obama’s National Security Adviser, Marine General Jim Jones resigned on Friday, and is being replaced by political operative Tom Donilon.
Any thoughts people were having that Obama might move to the center after the Dem shellacking in November can now be officially put to rest.
John, at Powerline provides a little background information on the President’s new National Security Adviser:
For a long time, Donilon lived his life from presidential campaign to campaign.
The Democratic operative worked on his first Democratic National Convention at 24, and he’s been helping elect candidates ever since. He has worked for Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Joseph R. Biden. …
He was a registered lobbyist from 1999 through 2005, and his sole client was Fannie Mae. … His brother is Michael C. Donilon, a counselor to Vice President Joseph R. Biden. His wife, Cathy Russell, is Jill Biden’s chief of staff.
Andrew McCarthy notes that Defense Sec. Robert Gates had been quoted as saying that Tom Donilon would be “a disaster” if appointed national security adviser.
According to Bob Woodward’s new book, Obama’s Wars, which has somehow gotten less attention at the Times than Woodward’s Bush-era tomes, Gates described Donilon, as clueless when it comes to the military and was deeply offended by the disrespect the former Fannie Mae lobbyist showed to senior military leadership.
The RNC has a profile on the Dem political operative who is now Obama’s Natl Security Adviser, here.
Feel safer now, proles? We are truly in the best of hands, huh? Good thing we can “absorb another attack”.