Hardball | November 20, 2012
>>> let me finish with this. the obama second term. i don't know anyone who doesn't want it to be better than the first. he did valuable, historic things in the first but i want him to join the list of truly great presidents. for that i have advice. go high, fill your cabinet with top people. go for the people you couldn't get your first term. don't promote people. go oat and get the best, like mike bloomberg , people difficult to deal with, with egos and separate distinctions, principles. don't head to the second term by filling your white house and cabinet with people your confident with. fill it with the highest, toughest talent, people who got there on their own without your help. ike made sherman a chief of staff, a crooked one, disaster. ike had imagined. reagan blew it by letting his staffers pick chief of staff. clinton just did not have people around him who were ready to step up and keep him from the problem of monica, something they saw but didn't stop. everyone who voted for barack obama wants this presidency to end on an upward trajectory, getting the best possible people around him as confederates in the u.s. senate , strong ministers in the cabinet aroundit, mr. pre sident. good isn't great. great is great.