Axelrod: Hillary Won’t Be a ‘Potted Plant’

By Jennifer Parker

Nov 23, 2008 10:19am

President-elect Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY., have had some "great discussions" about her role in Obama’s cabinet, incoming White House senior adviser David Axelrod told me today on "This Week."

But make no mistake: Obama is in charge of policy, he said. 

"People have to understand one thing," Axelrod said, "One person is going to be in charge of policy and that is going to be Obama and he is going to assemble a group of talented people to tackle that problem…he is assembling the best possible team to move this country forward, but he will set the direction."

However Axelrod said Clinton and the other cabinet secretaries will be "partners" with Obama.

"He is someone who invites a strong opinions. He enjoys that he thinks that’s an important element of leadership," Axelrod said.

"They are not going to be potted plants in their departments, they are going to be partners and I’m sure that is the message he has given them in their discussions."

–George Stephanopoulos

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