President Barack Obama Appoints Bill Daley As New Chief Of Staff

Written by Michael Lambarde on Jan. 08, 2011

President Barack Obama announced to Bill Daley as its new chief of staff late Thursday, praising his fellow Chicago as someone uniquely qualified to lead the White House while it concentrates on restoring the national economy. William Daley, who served as commerce secretary during President Bill Clinton, will survey Pete Rouse, who has served as interim chief of staff. In a post held in the East Room and attended by cabinet members in the West Wing, Obama said that Daley “has a deep understanding of how to create jobs and how to grow our economy.”

“Few Americans can boast of the vast experience that Bill brings to this position,” the President said. William Daley, son of a Chicago mayor and brother of another, talked about when he visited the White House with his traditional family 50 years ago, after John F. Kennedy became president.

“You, Mr. President, has proven its strength, its leadership, vision during one of the most difficult times for our nation and the world,” he said. “It is a pleasure for me to answer your call.”

Obama also paid tribute to Rouse to announce that it will within the Government as an adviser to the President, which is considered an improvement over his previous post of senior adviser. Rouse has worked with Obama since he assumed his post of senator for Illinois in 2005. “He is unique and indispensable to me, and for this administration. I can not imagine life without him here, and I said, “Obama said, followed by a standing ovation.

William Daley’s hiring reflects Obama’s interest in bringing a new voice in his inner circle, according to a senior government official. William Daley also has administrative experience both in the political, business and even though the two are not close personally, Obama relies on the criterion of Daley.

Rouse recommended hiring Bill Daley Obama for the office, the official said. Rouse said Obama had told the president last fall that would serve as interim chief of staff and would make a recovery flow diagram of the White House, but he wanted to leave the government to complete those duties. Rouse’s attempt to leave was not widely known within the White House.

Obama spoke with Rouse for it to stay and oversee the organization and operations of the White House, according to the source, who requested anonymity to speak freely about internal matters of personnel. The appointment was met with immediate approval from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an organization that has often had disagreements with the White House.

Bill Daley is a man of extraordinary stature and experience in government, business, trade negotiations and global affairs. It is a proven administrator and a strong leader, “said Thomas J. Donohue, chief executive of the Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to working with him to accelerate our recovery, growing the economy, create jobs and tackle global challenges to America.”

Meanwhile, MoveOn.org, a liberal leader, Daley emphasized links with the “big banks and big business”, saying his appointment “is disturbing and sends the wrong message to the American people.” “If President Obama attends this type of policy advice from Bill Daley, the Democrats will suffer a disastrous 2010,” said Adam Green, co-founder of Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a group that recently launched a television ad in Iowa criticizing the agreement reached by the President about the tax rates of the Bush era.

William Bill Daley’s appointment builds Chicago’s presence in the White House and add a link to the chain of events started this by Daley’s brother. The post of chief of staff became vacant after the mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley announced last year that he would not seek reelection. Within weeks, the chief of staff of Obama, Rahm Emanuel, was back to Chicago to find the mayor.

Julian Zelizer, professor of history at Princeton University who specializes in the presidency, said Thursday that it is common for presidents faced criticism for having a tight circle of advisers from their home states. “It’s a common attack. When (Jimmy) Carter was president, everyone was complaining about the “Georgia Mafia.” When Kennedy was in the White House, was the ‘Boston Mafia’ “he said.

“There’s always this kind of attack in the sense that the President is surrounded by an insular group that prevents you from realizing what he thinks the rest of America.” But the school is quick to add that William Daley transcends the competitive world of Chicago politics in view of his resume, which includes his tenure as U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

Bill Daley is not only a Chicagoan. He also has experience in Washington, and he is an experienced political operator. So he brings the best of both worlds.” Bill Daley selection occurs within a broad realignment of senior advisors in the West Wing. On Wednesday, Robert Gibbs announced he would leave the post of press secretary for the White House next month. Presidential adviser David Axelrod is scheduled to return to Chicago to work on the reelection campaign of Obama.

Moreover, a senior White House official confirmed that the President will announce this Friday at Gene Sperling as the replacement of Lawrence Summers as director of the National Council of Economy. Sperling currently serves as advisor to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Katherine Skiba and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune reporters in Washington contributed to this story.


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