I reviewed Noam Scheiber’s interesting new book on the first three years of Obama economic policy for my old friends at the American Prospect. I covered the same beat at TAP and later at National Journal.
This self-promoting item is also an opportunity for me to once again post my favorite of Pete Souza’s White House photos, which contains the principal characters in Scheiber’s book. Here, most of the president’s economic advisers (the only major person missing is Christina Romer) work on the administration’s first budget just weeks after the inauguration. The composition is akin to a Renaissance painting—you can feel the Geithner-Summers tension, the technocrat Orszag is checking his blackberry, and the omnipresent, meticulous Gene Sperling is running through budget tables.