According to confidential and anonymous conversations with Biden White House staffers, Politico’s West Wing Playbook says that Biden White House staffers are “eyeing the exits.”
“A lot of the natural coordination that happens in a typically functioning White House has been lost, and there has been no proactive effort to make up for it through intentional team building,” one White House official explained to Politico.
But “others say it’s just poor management.”
Indeed, the figures show not just poor management, but bloated management.
According to Forbes, Biden was criticized in June for having the most expensive White House staff in the country’s history, with 190 more people than the Trump administration and 80 more than Obama’s.
“Projected four-year costs of Biden’s White House payroll could top $200 million,” said Forbes, “For comparison, inflation-adjusted, the Trump administration spent $164.3 million (2017-2020) and the Obama administration spent $188.5 million (2009-2012).”
However, the impending exodus is more than likely a result of the White House’s poor performance under Biden.
According to a recent Gallup Survey, only 43% of Americans approve of Biden’s work performance, with Democrats disapproving significantly.
“Though Biden’s overall approval number is steady,” said Gallup, “his ratings by political subgroup have shown some movement, most notably among Democrats. Their 78% approval is significantly lower than in prior Gallup surveys when it registered 90% or higher.”
The White House under Biden, according to anonymous White House officials, is far from the caring and empathetic, family-oriented place that Biden loves to portray.
“It’s also hypocritical and ironic that a President whose brand is built on empathy and family has staff policies that fly in the face of that brand,” a White House official told Politico. “It’s not a good look and it’s emblematic of how this place runs.”
And emblematic, as well, of how the White House has run the country.