Susan Rice, who was Mr. Obama’s nationwide safety adviser, will oversee home coverage for Mr. Biden, who selected her not for her substantive experience, however due to her capacity to wrangle competing pursuits in a sprawling and infrequently unruly authorities forms.
Ray LaHood, a Republican who served as transportation secretary for Mr. Obama, stated that dynamic was additionally evident in Mr. Biden’s determination to place John Kerry, the previous secretary of state, and Gina McCarthy, who ran the Environmental Protection Agency, in charge of climate policy within the White House.
“Every big major legislative or other issue was run out of the White House,” Mr. LaHood stated, recalling the Obama White House. And, he predicted, it will likely be the identical within the Biden administration.
Some essential items of the cupboard puzzle have but to fall into place.
Mr. Biden has not chosen an legal professional common to supervise the Justice Department, which will probably be on the middle of the president-elect’s promise to broaden voting rights, overhaul regulation enforcement and implement racial justice within the nation’s court docket system.
Nominees for the Labor, Education and Commerce Departments even have but to be introduced, leaving it unclear precisely how Mr. Biden intends to hold out his imaginative and prescient for extra funding in colleges, safer and extra affluent jobs, and an improved financial setting for enterprise.
But some themes are rising.
One of Mr. Biden’s most pressing challenges as president will probably be to rapidly flip round an economic system wracked by the coronavirus pandemic, with thousands and thousands of individuals out of labor and companies struggling to outlive.
To do this, the president-elect will lean on an financial group that tilts to the left of their predecessors within the Obama administration.