President Obama is in deep planning mode for a major staff reshuffle. According to news reports, former campaign manager David Plouffe will join the White House in early January and senior adviser David Axelrod will return to Chicago to work on Mr. Obama’s reelection campaign, perhaps as soon as right after the State of the Union address in late January or early February.
That schedule allows some overlap for the two men to effect a smooth transition. It also has Mr. Axelrod returning to Chicago somewhat earlier than previously planned, a sign of just how eager he is to reunite with his family full-time and exhausted from four years of nonstop campaigning and then governing.
The story, first reported by CNN and sourced to a senior administration official and Democratic strategist, also lays out other possible staff changes: Energy czar Carol Browner may become deputy chief of staff, as the current deputies, Jim Messina and Mona Sutphen, are expected to depart. Mr. Messina is reportedly moving to Chicago to help with the campaign.