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Former White House Chiefs of Staff Discuss the Pressure of Politics

Change doesn’t come from Washington; it comes to Washington

Since it was enacted as an official White House position in 1946, 33 men have held the role of  White House Chief of Staff. And no one in the last 60 years has held the position longer than Andrew Card, who served under President George W. Bush for nearly six years.

So, who better to define what exactly a Chief of Staff does?

“The job is to pay attention to everything in the President’s life, not just the responsibility of doing the job,” Card said to an audience at the Global Financial Leadership Conference in Naples, Florida, describing the job as round the clock because “you never know when the President has to make the tough decision.”

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