While it has been Vice President Kamala Harris’ staff that has been the subject of substantial scuttlebutt in recent weeks amid reports of dysfunction and mismanagement, it now appears that the same troubles are plaguing those working for President Joe Biden himself, according to Politico.
The outlet’s West Wing Playbook is reporting that there is a growing sense of serious discontent among many toiling away in the White House, with many disgruntled administration staffers citing a disappointing absence of camaraderie that is thought typical of the environment in which they work.
Because of these sentiments, unnamed sources familiar with the situation told the outlet that a startlingly large number of employees are polishing up their resumes in the run-up to what could turn out to be a sizable staff turnover come the new year.
Some of those dismayed by the environment in the White House have pointed to a tendency within the president’s inner circle to keep their distance from those perhaps viewed as underlings, with the phrase “no new friends in Biden world” used to explain the manner in which they do business.
On top of what was described as poor management skills in the upper echelons of Biden’s staff, sources made mention of frustration among White House employees that they have been largely excluded from typical administration perks such as attendance at ceremonies and holiday parties as well as from the ability to bring family and friends to view seasonal decorations on site.
Specifically referencing the fact that admission to certain marquee White House events has been doled out via lottery of late, one staffer told Politico, “No one expects business as usual during the pandemic, but it’s beyond demoralizing, it’s insulting – especially when you see [Democratic National Committee] and [Capitol] Hill staff and other D.C. types get invited.”
The outlet added that the unhappy staffers offered their take on current conditions in hopes of persuading the powers that be to make a course correction, but they also indicated that a substantial tally of staffers are “eyeing the exits” and planning departures in the near term.
One administration staff member lamented that it is “hypocritical and ironic that a president whose brand is built on empathy and family has staff policies that fly in the face of that brand,” adding that shoddy treatment of staff is “emblematic of how this place runs.”
Many would deem it laughable to associate the current president with strong family values or an overly empathetic approach, but even so, this latest round of complaints taken together with allegations that Harris herself is a “soul-destroying” “bully” whose treatment of staff borders on abuse, confirms suspicions that this administration truly is on the verge of falling apart.