Politics & Government

December 5, 2008 3:09 PM

Obama's strong-willed team will test his management skills

Franklin D. Roosevelt loved to have his aides argue in front of him, the better to see all sides before picking one himself. Richard Nixon tried the same approach, didn't like it, and stopped it. Bill Clinton, too, wanted to hear a lot of voices, but sometimes "drowned" in the cacophony, in the words of one analyst. Now Barack Obama is poised to try it himself.

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