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FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2010, photo, President Barack Obama and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel walk to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington for a short flight to Andrews Air Force Base as they travel to Chicago. Obama is making official what has been clear for days: Rahm Emanuel, the relentless enforcer of his agenda as White House chief of staff, is resigning. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2010, file photo, President Barack Obama, joined by adviser Valerie Jarrett and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, right, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Obama is making official what has been clear for days: Rahm Emanuel, the relentless enforcer of his agenda as White House chief of staff, is resigning. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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President Barack Obama applauds as outgoing White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, center, kisses his wife, Amy Rule, Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, where Emanuel's departure was announced. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Outgoing White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel winks as President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, during an announcement that Emanuel will be stepping down to run for Mayor of Chicago. Obama announced that Pete Rouse will be interim Chief of Staff. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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President Barack Obama applauds as outgoing White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel announces that he will be stepping down to run for Mayor of Chicago, Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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President Barack Obama and his new interim White House Chief of Staff Pete Rouse, center, look on as outgoing Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, right, speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Barack Obama walks with his interim White House Chief of Staff Pete Rouse, after outgoing Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel announced that he will be stepping down to run for Mayor of Chicago, during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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President Barack Obama listens as his outgoing Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel announces that he will be stepping down to run for Mayor of Chicago, during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 1, 2010. Obama announced that Pete Rouse will be interim Chief of Staff. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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President Obama listens as his outgoing Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel announces that he will be stepping down to run for Mayor of Chicago, during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 1, 2010. Mr. Obama announced that Pete Rouse will be interim Chief of Staff. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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President Obama walks with his interim White House Chief of Staff Pete Rouse, after outgoing Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel announced that he will be stepping down to run for Mayor of Chicago, during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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In this June 4, 2010, file photo, Pete Rouse, senior adviser to President Obama, is seen in Grand Isle, La. Mr. Obama on Friday replaced his brash chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, with Mr. Rouse, a discreet behind-the-scenes operator whose low public profile belies the huge influence he wields from Capitol Hill to the White House. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., uses an umbrella as he arrives under rain showers at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, for a meeting between Democratic Congressional leadership and President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall style meeting in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS President Barack Obama holds a discussion with families in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS President Obama and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel on the South Lawn in August. Mr. Emanuel is expected to resign Friday to run for mayor of Chicago and to be replaced temporarily by Pete Rouse.

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Pete Rouse, senior adviser to President Obama, is said to be in line to become interim White House chief of staff. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** President Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao meet at the United Nations on Sept. 23. Mr. Wen promised to allow a stronger yuan but said before the meeting that any rise would not be rapid for fear of causing job losses and business failures. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS 'BACK-AND-FORTH': President Obama answers a question Wednesday during a discussion with neighborhood families in the backyard of a home in Des Moines, Iowa.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS President Obama listens to a question from Scott Turner (holding microphone) during a backyard meeting that, because of rain, had to be moved indoors at Southampton Recreation Center in Richmond, Va., on Wednesday.

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President Barack Obama takes a question during a discussion with neighborhood families in the backyard of the Clubb family home in Des Moines, Iowa, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)