Desperate For New ‘Voice,’ Biden Turns To An ‘Obama Guy’

  • Biden’s selection of Ben LaBolt is particularly noteworthy because the president — who has relied for years on a small, air-tight inner circle — is bringing in a relative outsider for the influential role.
  • While he worked on Biden’s 2020 presidential transition, LaBolt is known in the political universe as an “Obama guy.” He started with the former president as a communications aide when he was a senator and then moved to his 2008 presidential campaign, before landing in Obama’s White House press shop. Later, he would go on to serve as one of the most prominent faces of the Obama 2012 campaign, making daily television appearances on behalf of the president.