Orszag Leaving


I’m not sure how much there is to say about the reports today that OMB Director Peter Orszag will be leaving next month, but it’s worth observing that this is a high-turnover job. Presidents Clinton and Bush managed to go through eight OMB Directors, one of whom only made it thirteen months.

It occurs to me that one way in which the Obama White House differs from the Bush White House is that many more of its personnel are “characters” each with their own independent profile in DC. So fairly routine comings-and-goings or the inevitable disagreements about policy direction or points of emphasis can wind up looming larger in the media than a comparative context would suggest.