At the White House, more of the same

Bush taps his trade representative to take over OMB -- and the trade representative's deputy to take over the trade representative's job.

By Tim Grieve
April 18, 2006 5:58PM (UTC)
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So much for the Hammer -- or for fresh blood in any form. George W. Bush just announced his choice to replace Josh Bolten at the Office of Management and Budget, and it's a familiar face at the White House: Former Ohio Rep. and current U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman. In a further sign of the same ol', same ol', Bush said he'll nominate Portman's current deputy, Susan Schwab, to take his place as trade representative.

The Bush administration announced one other personnel change today, but Scott McClellan said it's unrelated to Bolten's plan for "refreshing" the White House. Jim Towey, who leads the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, is leaving to become the president of St. Vincent College in Pennsylvania.

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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