Sneed: Are Obama’s advisers telling him what he wants to hear?
BY MICHAEL SNEED October 29, 2013 7:40PM
Updated: December 1, 2013 8:30AM
Are “The Three Blind Mice” running the White House?
◆ “Good grief, when you’ve got the government being run by Valerie Jarrett [senior adviser], Pete Rouse [counselor to the president], and Denis McDonough [chief of staff], no wonder everything seems to be falling apart,” a top White House source tells Sneed.
◆ The big question: Will President Barack Obama rally and surround himself with advisers who tell him what’s really going on and not just deal with friends who tell him what they think he wants to hear?
The Sebelius saga . . .
Evil in the Oval? Sneed hears rumbles that U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ quiet offer of resignation shortly after the disastrous rollout of Obamacare — which was refused by President Obama — may be on again.
◆ The new shot: Sneed is now hearing that the president may give a thumbs down to Sebelius, who is scheduled to testify in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday, in order to stop the free fall of his health-care legacy.
◆ The buckshot: Sneed hears nobody wants the job.
The ladies’ room . . .
A portrait of the four female U.S. Supreme Court Justices was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery this week — and nary a blonde is in evidence.
◆ Tress talk: Not only has there never been a natural blonde seated on the nation’s top bench, but Sneed noted that the jurists, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, are all brunettes, with the exception of a silver-haired Sandra Day O’Connor . . . and each is wearing a different white collar/bib/mock turtleneck with her black robe.
The ladies’ room II . . .
It was a love fest: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was in town Monday for a Jewish United Fund fundraiser, snagged time to hang out with her uber-fan, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, brilliant spawn of the Clinton administration.
◆ Backchat: Soon after Rahm became mayor, he asked his wife, Amy, to pick out a birthday present for Hillary from Bill, who was in town but running late. Amy’s Kate Spade purchase for Hillary hit the spot.
The ladies’ room III . . .
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, who is recovering from a seizure caused by a concussion she suffered four years ago, tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . . .
◆ She’s “mad” about the fact she can’t drink alcohol anymore.
◆ She wishes she could spend more time with a husband she doesn’t see very much, because she can’t travel . . . although she lets her exhausted husband go because “I keep thinking I’m doing it for the world.”
The ladies’ room IV . . .
Blimey! Susan Kramer, formerly of Chicago and the widow of former Illinois Secretary of Transportation John Kramer — is a British baroness who is a top transport chief in her native London.
◆ Stat chat: Elected to the House of Commons from West London — where London native Kramer and her late husband moved in 1993 — she lost to a Tory candidate in the last election, was invested to the House of Lords under the new coalition government and has now been appointed as Minister of State for Transport. Wow!
The Waukegan warrior is at it again!
Uber-agent Bob Barnett, who takes great pride in his Waukegan roots, just brokered the book deal for two of the three Cleveland women held captive by Ariel Castro for a decade. The story of Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus’ ordeal will be written by two Washington Post writers.
Sneedlings . . .
The Quinn bin: Congrats to Gov. Pat Quinn’s press secretary, Brooke Anderson, and a top Quinn legislative aide, Louis Bertuca, on their engagement! . . . And congrats to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Lauren FitzPatrick and hubby, John Byrne, on the birth of their baby, Oscar, on Monday morning. . . . Wednesday’s birthdays: Henry Winkler, 68; Grace Slick, 74, and Gavin Rossdale, 48.