The White House: Clearing the Decks

With an eye on next year's race, Bush jettisons his chief of staff. But it will take more than personnel changes to set a new course for the economy.

For weeks, as George Bush's standing in the polls dropped and fears grew that the economy might stagger back into recession, he had been under pressure from both friend and foe to do something to get his presidency back on track.

Bush finally did something last week -- in fact, several things. He replaced unpopular White House chief of staff John Sununu with Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner, a likable moderate who has emerged as one of the Administration's smoothest troubleshooters. He appointed a trio of pragmatic political strategists -- Commerce Secretary Robert Mosbacher, pollster Robert Teeter and Republican businessman Fred Malek...

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