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- March 22, 2012 - Updated 1852 PKT - From Web Edition

LOS ANGELES: White House Chief of Staff, Jack Lew, has held a meeting with the Pakistani community in Los Angeles to drum up support for President Obama's reelection for the second term.


Lew in the meeting, held in a candid atmosphere, assured Pakistani community of security, employment, education etc.


On the other hand Pakistani community members freely shared with him their reservations on rising jobless rate and the future of US economy.


Lew, during the meeting expressed concern over the estranged Pakistan-US relations and hoped a turnaround would soon come to pass as US had jacked up diplomatic efforts for the same.


The main purpose of the meeting with was to win support for President Obama’s reelection campaign as race for White House was in full swing.


In the end, Pakistani expatriates also pledged support for President Obama, whishing him best of luck.

Lew, who is one of President Obama's close aides, wants to see Pak-US relations coming back to normal and he has also been very vocal and active in this regard.


With US elections around the corner President Obama has himself been traveling across the US to bolster his bid for a second term in the White House and Lew's efforts are a part of the same drive.


Jack Lew is currently serving as President Barack Obama's Chief of Staff. Prior to this role, he was the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), a position he previously held from 1998 to 2001. Before returning to OMB in 2010, Lew was the first Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, in which capacity he served as Chief Operating Officer of the department.


Before joining the State Department, Lew served as managing director and chief operating officer of Citi Global Wealth Management and then Citi Alternative Investments (CAI). Prior to that, he was executive vice president and chief operating officer of New York University, where he was responsible for budget, finance, and operations, as well as a professor of public administration. From 2004 through 2008, Lew served on the Corporation for National and Community Service Board and chaired its Management, Administration, and Governance Committee.


Lew has also held the position of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the former US President Bill Clinton's cabinet. From 1998 to 2001, he led the Administration budget team and served as a member of the National Security Council. During his tenure at OMB, the US budget operated at a surplus for three consecutive years.


Earlier, Lew worked as OMB's Deputy Director and was a member of the negotiating team that reached a bi-partisan agreement to balance the budget. As Special Assistant to President Clinton from 1993 to 1994, Mr. Lew helped design Americorps, the national service program.

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