Obama Echoes Bush: 'I Make the Decisions'

Obama tells labor leader that he's the decider.

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There's a new "decider" in town.

Former President Bush first declared that he was in charge when critics hit him over keeping former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. At the time he said, "I hear the voices, and I read the front page, and I know the speculation. But I'm the decider, and I decide what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the secretary of defense." [Read: Seven Ways Obama Can Gain Credibility on Jobs.]

According to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, President Obama has repeatedly told him that he's the new decider, not his staff, especially on jobs issues.

Said Trumka: "Only one person matters in the White House. There's only one person that matters. Because I was told this by the president on numerous occasions: 'My staff doesn't matter. I make the decisions.' I take the president at his word. He's the one that matters."

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