EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — When Anita Decker Breckenridge joined Barack Obama’s Senate campaign in 2003, she drove the state lawmaker around Illinois in her car.
Today, she’s the highest-ranking White House aide who’s with Obama during his presidential vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. She and the president arrived at Martha’s Vineyard in a convoy of helicopters with Coast Guard boats monitoring the Vineyard Sound.
Breckenridge recently was promoted to Obama’s deputy chief of staff, in large part because of her close relationship with the president. The 36-year-old is responsible for presidential staff and political appointments, Obama’s schedule, the advance work of setting up any of his movements, and the nuts and bolts of how Obama’s White House functions.
She has to channel Obama’s wishes as she makes rapid-fire decisions on his behalf.