The Democratic veteran arrives as the president scrambles to fix the troubled startup of the Affordable Care Act and to recover public support for his most important domestic achievement.
Sources familiar with the decision said White House Chief of Staff
A Democratic elder with strong credentials in the party's base, Podesta, 64, is currently chairman of the Center for American Progress and its action fund, which together develop and advocate for progressive policy.
His addition to the staff brings a senior presence to the White House at a time when Obama is anticipating the likely departure of longtime advisor
Like the White House elders of Obama's first term -- including message guru
He guided the Clinton White House during the
Liberal allies have been clamoring for dramatic changes to the Obama operation as it struggles to climb out of a healthcare morass that threatens them too. Obama has resisted calls for a staff shakeup, but Podesta is not the only big addition to the White House this week.
Obama also is bringing back Phil Schiliro, the former top legislative aide who helped him pass the Affordable Care Act in the first place. Schiliro, a longtime aide to Rep.