President Barack Obama Appoints William Daley As Chief Of Staff Today [Video]

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  • January 6, 2011

President Barack Obama Appoints William Daley As Chief Of Staff Today.

William Daley will be officially appointed today at a press conference approximately 2:30pm. In a formal announcement, the president will proclaim Daley to take over the office formerly led by Rahm Emanuel.

Gibbs left just a few days ago, to speaking engagements, and possible campaigning for the president in 2012.

Daley, who like President Obama is from Chicago, led the Commerce Department during the Bill Clinton administration. He returns to government after a stint with JP Morgan Chase.

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Daley continues the heavy Chicago bent of Obama’s White House. He is a son of the legendary Chicago mayor Richard Daley and brother of the city’s outgoing mayor, also named Richard.

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Daley’s appointment was seen as a signal of Obama’s intention to change political tack after receiving a drubbing in the midterm elections in November. The president now faces a resurgent Republican party which on Wednesday took control of the House of Representatives.

Daly, who brings with him an outsider’s perspective and minimal ideological baggage, may help Obama to bridge the party divide more successfully than he has to date.

Speculation about Daley appointment was rife since he made a quiet visit to the White House yesterday. Several news outlets reported that the job had been offered and accepted.

The chief of staff position is the highest profile in a number of posts to be filled as Obama works his way through a post-midterm round of musical chairs. Pete Rouse, who has been standing in as acting chief of staff for the last few months following the departure of Rahm Emanuel, who is running for Daley’s brother’s job of Chicago mayor, will be made a senior adviser to Obama. Rouse made it clear that he did not want the role of chief of staff in the first place.

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