Another member of President Barack Obama's staff will leave the White House before November's midterm election.
National Security Advisor (NSA) Jim Jones will resign from his post in two weeks, according to media reports, and he will be replaced by Tom Donilon, the current NSA deputy. In Bob Woodward's book "Obama's Wars," Defense Secretary Robert Gates is quoted as saying that a Donilon promotion would be a "disaster," according to TheHill.com.
The announcement of Jones' departure came one week after Rahm Emanuel relinquished his position as the White House chief of staff. Two members of Obama's economic team resigned over the summer. Larry Summers, the chief economic advisor, is scheduled to depart after the elections.
Emmanuel was widely believed to be able to effectively negotiate with lawmakers in order to convey Obama's objectives. Considering that Pete Rouse — Emmanuel's replacement who has never held elected office — is the new chief of staff and that Republicans are projected to take control of the House of Representatives, Obama's plans could face more opposition.
The Los Angeles Times reported that, if conservatives end up in control of the House, the best method for Obama to implement his agenda may be through executive orders and regulatory powers.
"This would fit into the status quo for the White House," said Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for Representative Eric Cantor (R-Va.) "The White House is showing no effort to work with Republicans. It has shown no interest in listening to the American people and has at all costs tried to ram through legislation that was tremendously unpopular."