When it comes to handling the media, the person who knows how Obama thinks is Robert Gibbs, the disarmingly middle-aged, middle-brow, middle-brow looking guy who is anything but a middle-ranker in the Obama organization.
As the Washington Post reports:
"He's the last person Barack talks to when he's thinking about how to handle reporters' questions," says Linda Douglass, a campaign spokeswoman. "We call him the Barack Whisperer. He completely understands his thinking and knows how Barack wants to come across."