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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
** 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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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.
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)
President Barack Obama meets with Jeff and Sandy Clubb and their children Tristan, 11, and Skyelar, 9, at their home in Des Moines, Iowa, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, before holding a discussion with neighborhood families in their backyard. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)