Obama/Nixon

New Prez Beefs Up West Wing

Obama has rarely been compared to Richard Nixon, but the new president's move to increase control over domestic policy with a high powered cadre of White House-based advisers brings to mind Tricky Dick's attempts to abolish the majority of his Cabinet and run the whole administration himself. With the help of czars in areas like health reform, the environment and urban affairs, Obama is aiming to cut through the traditional bureaucracy and allow "stream-lined decision making," advisers tell the Washington Post reports. But experts worry that the appointment of a White House based “super-cabinet” may create regular clashes with his cabinet picks. Sometimes a Team of Rivals can provide more rivalry than team work.