President Obama May Pick a Daley As His Chief of Staff

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Both Bloomberg News and ABC News are hearing that President Obama is considering William Daley, a former commerce secretary under Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2000 — not to be confused with his brother Richard M. Daley, the current mayor of Chicago whom Rahm Emanuel is hoping to replace, or especially his father, Richard J. Daley, the former mayor of Chicago, since he is dead — to be his new chief of staff. It's a position that's been held on an interim basis by Pete Rouse since the departure of Emanuel in October. Rouse has said he prefers to stay in the role only until Obama can find a permanent replacement. Bringing on Daley would represent yet another olive branch to the hard-to-please business and financial communities, as he currently serves as an executive at JPMorgan Chase. The pick would also ensure Obama that the White House maintains a comfortable level of Chicagoness.

Obama Said to Consider William Daley for Top White House Post [Bloomberg]
President Obama Considering Bill Daley as White House Chief of Staff [Political Punch/ABC News]