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William Daley Chosen White House Chief of Staff

William Daley, scion of Chicago’s most storied political family a former Commerce Secretary to Bill Clinton, will become President Obama’s chief of staff, the White House is confirming.

Obama will introduce Daley at the White House at 2:30 pm ET.

According to the Associated Press, which first broke the story, acting White House Chief of Staff Pete Rouse did not want the job, and so it was given to Daley. Rouse will remain as a senior adviser.


Daley is viewed as a moderate with strong ties to the business community. His selection, along with the expected announcement Friday that Gene Sperling will be the White House National Economic Council Director, points to a move to the center by Obama as he gears up for his reelection campaign in 2012.

Daley who visited the White House Wednesday for meetings that apparently finalized his selection.

Daley is widely viewed as a straight shooting, no-nonsense type, a contrast with the highly emotive style of former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

Though Daley is from Chicago – he is the brother and son of the two Richard Daleys who have served as mayor – Obama does not know him well. Daley is not part of the “Chicago Mafia” brought to Washington by the president, having closer ties to the Clintons than Obama’s political machine.

But the president should be able to work well with him. Daley has a calm demeanor and a dry sense of humor that make him easy to like and that will serve him well amid the tumult of the West Wing.

The move comes amid significant upheaval at the White House. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced Wednesday that he is departing, as are a group of second tier staffers like Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina.

Daley is likely to bring in several of his own people to serve as aides.

7 Responses to William Daley Chosen White House Chief of Staff

  1. Gee, all the WH gang from Chicago worked out so well that the Prez didn’t want to make any changes. Us yokels in fly-over don’t see any changes, just same old as before. Center/shmenter, doesn’t matter because ‘chicago rules’ are still in effect.

  2. Why did the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party pop into my mind–when the Mad Hatter screams, “Clean cup, clean cup” and they all move over a seat, which naturally puts someone else’s dirty cup in front of them.

  3. I dont trust him 100% of Chicago is corrupt (Its a genetic trait like Milwaukee and bigger ladies),so Im sure there’s something damaging out there.These people never quit.I live 300 miles away in the next state and the damage drifts this far.
    When Barry’s criminal enterprises used to have card night in the garage,this guy prolly served the drinks….
    Just like Good-fellas.Still the mob,but hes from Kenya not Italy.
    Its always fun till someone gets popped in a alley in a Caddy.