This affliction seems to manifest itself the closer one gets to the West Wing’s source of all power. Loyalty becomes an overriding characteristic to almost everything, and the longer one stays the more it pertains.
I came to believe that Condoleezza Rice would have stuck her head in a meat grinder had George W. Bush asked her to do so. In fact that is pretty much what happened in her years both in the White House and the State Department.
One need only study the history of the presidency to find that sort of all-consuming dedication. Franklin Roosevelt’s coterie of women attendants, for instance, including a wife who had long given up on expecting fidelity either as a spouse or in her own beliefs was legendary. John F. Kennedy’s staff not only was loyal to him and his family but infamously never received much in return politically or otherwise. “Servant” was a word the Kennedy’s new well.
Those at the breakfast — all veteran journalists — were well versed about the difficulties of solving the gigantic immigration policy in the near future. While they seemed willing to accept that Jarrett was voicing hopes rather than legitimate prospects and kept the questioning civil, it seemed to me at least that she would have been served better by a more realistic assessment .
In other words, a prediction couched in such words as “tough” or “it would be our hope” or something far less assured would have served her better. Perhaps the bosses of Chicago where she emerged as a competent and dedicated public service could say this or that will happen with a degree of certainty backed up by a machine. But this is a berg where few things are a sure bet and clearly not in the antagonistic atmosphere of today’s politics.