Man, when the White House gets ready to sell you as the greatest, they don't mess around. Here's the (de-typoed) announcement for Jack Lew as the new (and returning) director of the Office of Management and Budget:
Lew, who already has outstanding experience in the position under the Clinton Administration, has been serving in the State Department under President Obama. During his time under President Clinton, 11 million jobs were created, and the federal budget was balanced for the first time since Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. An inherited $290 billion deficit was turned around, and resulted in a more than $236 billion surplus at the end of 2000.
In our conversation yesterday with Richard Holbrooke yesterday, the first since Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, the U.S. special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan also heaped praise on new OMB director. As a deputy secretary of state, Mr. Holbrooke said, Lew tripled the civilian diplomatic presence in the region. More?
"If he's confirmed, it's a tremendous loss for us because he filled a job that had never been filled before, never existed. The second deputy secretary of state focused entirely on resources and management. He brought to that job six years as head of the office and management under President Clinton.
"In the State Department, it was tremendously complicated because this is a hard place to manage. He also worked with AID. He was my closest collaborator -- still is my closest collaborator in this building. He did a tremendously important job in helping us get the resources to do the civilian effort in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
"But it goes far beyond that. Jack had changed the building, and it was a brilliant decision by Hillary Clinton to bring him into the building. Now it's totally logical that he goes to OMB. It makes absolute sense. He's head and shoulders the best candidate for that job, just as Gen. Petraus was the best candidate to replace Gen. McChrystal, but we will need to fill in behind him.
"He assured me, when called me to tell me what's going on, that if he's confirmed he will spend a lot of time supporting Afghanistan and Pakistan from OMB. So the U.S. government comes out ahead in this thing, because he is coming back into the cabinet and, as Secretary Clinton, said he's been an indispensable person in this building. If he's confirmed it's going to be a great loss for us, but it's the best thing for the U.S."