Bush’s New Chief of Staff Signals Shake-Up
Posted on Apr 17, 2006
Josh Bolten has told senior staffers thinking about leaving the White House that “now is the time to come to such a decision,” according to Bush spokesman Scott McClellan.
By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer, Mon Apr 17, 10:54 PM ET
President Bush’s new chief of staff said Monday it was time to “refresh and re-energize the team,” and he told senior White House aides who might be thinking about quitting this year to go ahead and leave now.
Taking charge in a time of crisis, with Bush’s poll ratings at their lowest point ever and Republicans anxious about the November elections, Bolten laid down his pointed directive at his first meeting with top presidential aides.
He did not ask for anyone’s resignation, and none of the senior aides stepped forward to say they would go, White House press secretary Scott McClellan reported later. But Bolten has Bush’s full authority to make changes to the president’s staff, and McClellan said he would expect announcements soon.