When you’ve written enough ridiculous headlines that are not in fact satire, but are real, it stops mattering after a while. This is yet another one of those times. The Trump administration has hired a 23-year-old senior at George Washington University to assist former Trump body man John McEntee, who is now the head of the Presidential Personnel Office, which oversees hiring across the government. McEntee is 29 and the two twenty-somethings are going to be in charge of hiring and firing, because the Personnel office is now really the Purge office. Oh, and he worked for Ben Carson. Now I know you feel safe. Politico:
James Bacon, 23, is acting as one of the right-hand men to new PPO director John McEntee, according to the officials. Bacon, a senior at George Washington University pursuing a bachelor’s degree, comes from the Department of Transportation, where he briefly worked in the policy shop. Prior to that role, while still taking classes, he worked at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he was a White House liaison, according to two other officials. At HUD, he distinguished himself as Secretary Ben Carson’s confidential assistant, according to two other administration officials.
Bacon will be PPO’s director of operations overseeing paperwork and will assist on vetting. The role was previously filled by Katja Bullock, who is in her late 70s and was a veteran of the office in both Bush administrations, as well as the Reagan administration. […]
The PPO office has been the subject of complaints and finger-pointing by some in the administration over its “frat-house” reputation, but serves an important function for vetting and hiring appointees. With McEntee at the helm of the office, however, it’s expected the president will take a more direct role than he has before.
“After three years of allowing others to control who would be around him and have power, he’s trying to take back some of the power and have a say in the staffing in the White House and administration,” a person close to the White House said. “A lot of the people in there weren’t actual allies of Trump, and didn’t actually support his agenda but had significant roles in his administration.”
I especially like the part about the previous job holder having been a woman in her seventies. But then again, staffing concerns in the Reagan and both Bush eras were concerned with a trifle more than, “On a scale of one to ten, how much do you hate Donald Trump today?” That question, in this era, is the one and only. This may seem comical now, but it’s going to get sick and perverse very quick.