WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Warren was taking up a lot of time and energy at the White House — so much that then-chief of staff Rahm Emanuel sent an e-mail.
“We have a lot more pressing issues,” he wrote. “We are spending a lot of time on one person.”
In a new book, former Treasury secretary Timothy Geithner reveals the extent to which President Obama and his top advisers were torn over whether to appoint Warren to head the Consumer Protection Finance Bureau. Some wanted Warren to have the job, despite intense opposition. Others said the president should consider a recess appointment.
A senior adviser, Pete Rouse, had another idea: Maybe she could run for US Senate in Massachusetts.
“The president, who almost never called me at home, made an exception on this issue,” Geithner wrote. “It was really eating away at him.”
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