The White House economic team is great on policy, but when it comes to reassuring the public, President Obama is on his own, Peter Nicholas and Peter Wallsten write in the LA Times. "The ability to communicate with average people was not what these people were chosen for," Clinton's ex-budget director said. And that means it's up to Obama to sell the administration's complex economic plans.
But there's danger in that, Nicholas and Wallsten write. "You can't have the president talk about the economy all the time," the Clinton aide said. "He's got to talk about Afghanistan and other things. You can't overuse the president." And it looks like Obama might know that. On Sunday, a lower level adviser did the talk show thing while Larry Summers, Christina Romer, and Tim Geithner stayed in the background.