William Daley

January 6, 2011 by USA Post 

William Daley, (AFP) – President Barack Obama has chosen former Commerce Secretary William Daley as its new chief of staff Thursday, bringing great power distinguished on the wavelength of Wall Street in its administration reorganized.

Obama has embarked on an overhaul of the White House braintrust as he faces new challenges from Republicans who this week officially took over the House of Representatives following their election triumph at the halfway point in November.

He also said he wants an early start to his re-election, 2012 with several members of his entourage planned to leave the White House in the coming months to launch the Obama campaign machine.

Daley, 62, is considered a centrist, and an ideological ally of former President Bill Clinton. His appointment may be viewed as an olive branch to Obama’s business community, with whom he had a difficult relationship.

Daley will be the successor to long-term former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, who left the administration last year in order to win elections for mayor of Chicago after the Richard Daley’s brother decided not to seek a again.

Washington insiders and backstage player Pete Rouse, who served in the job on an interim basis after the departure of Emanuel, will be adviser to the president, two officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Obama would make an official announcement naming Daley staff to the post by Thursday.

The Secretary for Commerce One is an imposing figure rooted in the ways of Washington. In addition to his tenure as Secretary of Commerce for Clinton, he helped negotiate the ratification of the Congress of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Some Liberals, however, may view with suspicion appointment Daley’s reasoning, it is too close to big business and maybe Obama can encourage too many compromises with the Republicans in a move toward the political center until 2012.

The appointment won immediate approval from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who has sparred with Obama for two years and spent millions of dollars to support the Republicans in the midterm elections.

“This is a strong appointment. Bill Daley is a man of extraordinary stature and experience in government, business, trade negotiations and global affairs,” said U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Donohue.

“This is an accomplished and strong leader. We look forward to working with him to expedite the recovery, the growth of the economy, create jobs and tackle global challenges of America.”

The announcement will take place one day after the press secretary for Obama Robert Gibbs announced he was leaving his post to defend the president outside the White House and the transition in his reelection campaign in 2012.

Another member of Obama’s advisers Fine Knit – David Axelrod – will soon leave for Chicago to work on the effort.

And David Plouffe, the man credited with masterminding the 2008 campaign that brought Obama to the White House, will join Obama in the West Wing in a major political role on Monday.

On Friday, Barack Obama prepares to unveil a wave of appointments to his economic team, with the administration economist Gene Sperling tipped to be appointed to head the National Economic Council, replacing Lawrence Summers.

Brutal hours and high pressure at the White House pay a heavy toll on staff, and it is not unusual for press secretaries and other senior advisers to have a limited lifespan.

The post of chief of staff is essential throughout the White House, that its occupant controls access to the president, coordinates the implementation of policies and handles crises break.

The chief of staff often serves as an executor for the president, the deployment of the executive and managing relationships with a Congress hostile sometimes.

Daley has left Washington for the private sector after the execution of the presidential candidacy of former Vice President Al Gore in 2000, which ended only after the U.S. Supreme Court handed the disputed election of George W. Bush.

He recently worked for finance giant JP Morgan Chase &.

Daley’s father, like his brother, Richard, was a leading figure in Chicago, serving as mayor for more than two decades.

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