Obama calls in former top aides for help on Syria

Obama calls in former top aides for help on Syria

[Ed. note: Getting Robert Givvs’s opinion; what could be bad?]

In case the White House hasn’t underscored just how high the stakes are for President Barack Obama in seeking congressional authority on military action in Syria, some of his longest-serving former aides were summoned to the West Wing Tuesday to help with the president’s strategy to win support.

David Plouffe, a former White House senior adviser and Mr. Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, Robert Gibbs, former White House press secretary,Jon Favreau, Mr. Obama’s former chief speechwriter, and Tommy Vietor, a former National Security Council spokesman,  were seen arriving at the White House around noon.

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough brought the team of Obama loyalists in to coordinate the administration’s message strategy on Syria. The group is part of the original Obama brain trust, having all worked for Mr. Obama as he rose from senator to president. Messrs. Plouffe, Favreau and Vietor only recently left the White House; Mr. Gibbs left in 2011.

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