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Is It Really A Major Shake up?

Reported by Donna - March 28, 2006

Watching Studio B with Shepard Smith today most of the coverage was concentrated on the elections in Israel, however, they found time to say several times that the resignation of Andrew Card as White House Chief of Staff was a major shake up. (My emphasis)

And, with the President and the White House saying just a week ago that they were 'happy' with the staff at the White House, is this a major flip-flop? (My emphasis)

In the lead stories, Smith spoke about a major shake up (my emphasis) in the White House. About 9 minutes into the show he again spoke of a major shake up and a major decision (my emphasis) being made at the White House and went to Wendall Goler for a report. Goler was the one who pointed out that the President said that he was happy with the White House Staff just one week ago.

Around 50 minutes into the program Smith spoke with Juan Williams, a frequent Fox Contributor from NPR. Again Smith repeated that there was a major shake up (my emphasis) in Washington today. Williams said that this was the top topic in Washington, this shake up (my emphasis) in the White House.

Comment: I don't know if this is even a shake up, let alone a major shake up. The job is being handed to Card's Deputy Chief of Staff who has been around since George H.W. Bush's term as president. Williams pointed out that George and Laura were 'comfortable' with Joshua Bolten since they've known him a long time.

My question is - is it really a major shake up? Or is it just time to try and placate the American people and the critics in the House and Senate? From all of the coverage I've watched today on various news outlets, people aren't really looking at this as much of a 'shake up.' Even Juan Williams said that the American people want to see a change in someone who is directly responsible for policies in Iraq, namely, one Donald Rumsfeld. But, Williams added, the president feels Rumsfeld is doing a "good job."

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