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Barack Who?

The Candidate With No Name.
The Candidate With No Name. (By Jae C. Hong -- Associated Press)

In its most literal sense, of course, the horizon is the line where the sky meets the earth -- and thus can never be reached. That does not appear to be what the White House, or the Iraqis, have in mind.

On the Way In . . .

Blake Gottesman, 28, is returning to the White House as Bush's deputy chief of staff. Gottesman worked for four years as his personal aide, then quit to earn an MBA at Harvard Business School (despite being a college dropout).

Gottesman has long ties to the Bush family, beginning when he dated Jenna Bush in high school. The new gig pays $175,000 a year, although Gottesman will earn only half that much in the time left.

He replaces Joe Hagin, the influential and longtime White House aide who also worked for President George H.W. Bush. Over the weekend, Hagin made his last trip as a presidential aide to the Bush ranch in Crawford, Tex., where he enjoyed a farewell barbecue bash.

On the Way Out . . .

Associate counsel Leslie Fahrenkopf is the second administration official this year to switch bosses from Bush to Rupert Murdoch. After stepping down from the White House on July 11, Fahrenkopf starts in September as vice president and associate general counsel of News Corp.

Fahrenkopf (daughter of Frank Fahrenkopf, former Republican National Committee chairman ) has had the portfolio in the counsel's office dealing with Treasury, the Federal Reserve and other financial issues. She follows speechwriter Bill McGurn over to the media conglomerate, which owns Fox News and the Wall Street Journal.

Quote of the Week No. 1

"Well, you know, God bless him, bless his heart, the president of the United States, a total failure, losing all credibility with the American people on the economy, on the war, on energy, you name the subject, and for him to be challenging Congress when we are trying to sweep up after his mess over and over and over again."

-- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), when asked by CNN about Bush's criticism of Congress

Quote of the Week No. 2

"And they have no disregard for human life."

-- President Bush, referring to enemy fighters in Afghanistan


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