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Team of Workaholics

Barack Obama’s political appointees have something in common: They’re all workaholics. According to Michelle Cottle in The New Republic, Rahm Emanuel, Janet Napolitano, Peter Rouse, and Pete Orszag all fit the bill. Valerie Jarrett, writes Cottle, “has an all-hours BlackBerry-cell phone doublefisting habit that, whatever else it achieves, makes her a thrill behind the wheel. (Trust me on this.)” This is markedly different from Bush’s team of late-risers, and is probably just what the country needs, but burnout may be a problem down the road. “In the relentless crucible of the White House,” Cottle asks, “how can Obama avoid driving his uber-committed workforce into the ground?”