So, James Jones, Obama’s national security advisor who is a former Marine general, was asking for trouble by leaving the White House at seven and even occasionally biking home for lunch. But this Marine isn’t backing down. He tells the New York Times today:
“I’m here by 7 o’ clock in the morning, and I go home at 7, 7:30 at night; that’s a fairly reasonable day if you’re properly organized,” he said. What about officials who pride themselves on being at the White House deep into the night?
“Congratulations,” he said. “To me that means you’re not organized.” Having seen how dog-tired White House officials get and knowing how less sharp one is when one’s exhausted, Jones’s approach strikes me as sensible. But there’s no doubt that when the NSC drops the ball on something it will be blamed on Jones going home early.