The jockeying for positions at the start of an administration can exact a personal cost.
“We got the stimulus!”
It was a few weeks after the 2009 inauguration. President Barack Obama had just signed a flurry of executive orders turning the page on his unpopular predecessor. He was assembling the most diverse Cabinet in history. And now one of my campaign acquaintances, a charismatic field organizer who’d landed a staff assistant job in the White House, was posting on Facebook about the administration’s first big legislative win.
America’s future seemed bright. And, at 22, I was miserable.
For young staffers coming off a victorious campaign, the weeks and months after Inauguration Day aren’t just full of hope. They can also be full of uncertainty, anxiety