With the pandemic and the attack on the Capitol, the Senate confirmation process has been delayed. But Joe Biden’s cabinet, that is, the government, is taking shape. First, we find the man-band of this team : the “Chief of Cabinet”, the equivalent of the secretary general of the Elysee in France. It is about a Joe Biden faithful, Ron Klain.
It is truly the pillar of the building, the only one that can enter the Oval Office without asking permission. Those who have seen the series The west wing with Marteen Sheen, a very realistic series about the functioning of the White House, knowing to what extent the Secretary General is fundamental, for the functioning of the government but also for relations with parliamentarians. Is some kind of prime minister together with a general secretary of the Elysee.
In an episode of the series, the president, played by Martin Sheen, explains how to appoint a good general secretary. “Do you have a best friend? Is he smarter than you? This is how we refer to a Major State Boss. “
Priority to the epidemic
In the United States, Ron Klain is best known to those who have minimal interest in politics. Nor is he a great media figure. The 59-year-old Harvard graduate began working for Joe Biden in the late 1980s, when the latter was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. So he was her advisor, he wrote his speeches during his failed attempts for the Democratic nomination in 1988 and 2008.
He was also involved in Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign. As it is brilliant, it has often served as sparring when candidates train before a televised debate: He did it for Al Gore, John Kerry, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden.
Has a complete CV: was an advisor to Barack Obama and Chief of Staff to Vice President Joe Biden during Obama’s first term. Suffice it to say that the two men know each other perfectly.
What will you manage as a priority?
It will be on all fronts but the emergency is the coronavirus epidemic. You have experience in this area. Barack Obama had chosen him in 2014 to coordinate fighting the Ebola epidemic. It’s not the same scale at all, but Ron Klain has the codes for this kind of crisis.
By the end of the first month of Joe Biden’s presidency, half a million people are likely to have died from Covid-19 in the United States. Your apparent good nature, your ability to listen, to decide will be necessary. His appointment was also received by the left of the Democratic Party with Elizabeth Warenn. And few Republicans have criticized him.