Though there has been much discussion of a recent wave of high-profile departures from Vice President Kamala Harris’ staff, it appears that a number of staffers to President Joe Biden are also “eyeing the exits” due to general dissatisfaction and a perceived lack of appreciation for the work they do, as Politico reports.
According to the outlet’s West Wing Playbook, morale among many at the White House is noticeably lacking and there is a distinct absence of the sort of camaraderie developed during previous administrations.
The report went on to suggest that due to the less-than-optimal atmosphere in the Biden White House, a surprisingly high number of employees are plotting their departures, something which could produce a significant level of staff turnover at the start of the year.
Speaking to Politico about the situation, some of the frustrated staffers pointed to a tendency among the president’s closest advisors to keep a healthy distance from lower-level employees, with the phrase, “no new friends in Biden world” used to explain the situation.
Sub-par management skills at the top tiers of the White House were also blamed for the current dilemma, as was a sentiment among some staff that they have been wrongly excluded from enjoying the few tangible perks of their positions, namely, attending official ceremonies and holiday parties, access to which has been frequently distributed via lottery.
“No one expects business as usual during the pandemic, but it’s beyond demoralizing, it’s insulting – especially when you see [Democratic National Committee] and [Capitol] Hill staff and other D.C. types get invited,” one anonymous White House official complained.
Politico noted that staffers giving voice to these concerns did so publicly in order to get the attention of those who may be able to help correct the prevailing atmosphere, but added that many of the unhappy employees were preparing their resumes for imminent job searches.
That aforementioned staff source continued, “It’s also hypocritical and ironic that a President whose brand is built on empathy and family has staff policies that fly in the face of that brand. It’s not a good look and it’s emblematic of how this place runs.”
Whether most Americans indeed view Biden’s “brand” as one built on family feeling and personal empathy is certainly subject to debate, but given the complaints pouring out of the White House of late from his staff as well as that of “soul-destroying” “bully” Harris, it is becoming clear just how dysfunctional this administration truly is.