What it takes to be White House chief of staff

A hapless chief of staff can break a Presidency

Have you heard this EA-focused podcast yet; the one where The New Yorker’s political roundtable looks at the privilege and pitfalls of the “second most powerful job in Washington”?

The publication writes: The White House chief of staff role is the hardest gig in Washington DC. Dick Cheney blamed the job for giving him his first heart attack, during the Ford Administration. A hapless chief of staff can break a Presidency; an effective one was nicknamed the Velvet Hammer. In January 2023, Joe Biden’s first chief of staff, Ron Klain, was replaced by Jeffrey Zients and staff writers Susan B. Glasser, Jane Mayer, and Evan Osnos use his departure as a jumping-off point to discuss what it’s actually like to run a White House. Listen at: www.newyorker.com