If Rahm Emanuel Leaves How Should Obama Restock

Is it time for an expanded circle of advisors?

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It looks like the Obama band may be breaking up. Like most presidents, Barack Obama began his administration with a relatively small, close-knit group of advisers arrayed near the Oval Office. Several accounts suggest it has been an even tighter core group than the norm—perhaps too tight. Critics of the battered president’s performance, even those who support him, have wondered whether it’s time for an expanded circle of advisers. With rumors that Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod, among others, will soon leave, the president has a chance to restock. But whom does he need to bring in? What’s missing in the struggling White House operation? Please post your thoughts below about how you would fix the presidency from the inside out. [Take our poll: Should Emanuel run for mayor of Chicago?]

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