Jennifer Palmieri back to White House

December 5, 2011

Jennifer Palmieri, a veteran Democratic operative, has been tapped to join the White House as deputy communications director, an administration official said Monday.

Palmieri spent eight years in the Clinton White House, including three years as deputy press secretary. She is currently senior vice president for communications at the Center for American Progress, the liberal think tank.

“Jen is one of the best communicators in either party, and we’re lucky she’s on our side of the ledger and agreed to come back in and do this,” deputy Obama campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said Monday.

Palmieri is perhaps best known for her work for Elizabeth Edwards during the rough final years of her life. Palmieri, who was the national press secretary for John Edwards in 2004, grew close to the candidate’s wife after becoming disenchanted with his behavior. She became one of Mrs. Edwards’s most loyal advisers after her husband’s affair became public and her cancer spread.

Palmieri’s arrival adds another Clinton graduate to the Obama team, a growing trend as the president gears up for reelection. Clinton veterans Gene Sperling, Bruce Reed and John Podesta have taken on new roles in the administration over the past year.

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