Jim Johnson Off Obama VP Selection Team
A leader of Democrat Barack Obama’s vice presidential research team has resigned amid criticism over his personal loan deals. Obama announced in a statement Wednesday that Jim Johnson was stepping aside to avoid distracting from the vetting process.
Johnson served on the vetting team with former first daughter Caroline Kennedy and former Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder.
Obama is the polar opposite of George W. Bush here, having no hesitation about getting rid of staffers who bring him negative attention. While such steely ruthlessness belies his feel-good image, it likely serves him well.