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  • ** FILE ** In this June 6, 2008, photo, Rep. Rahm Emanuel (left) talks with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama at a Chicago 2016 Olympic rally at Daley Center Plaza in Chicago. Mr. Obama's campaign has approached Mr. Emanuel about possibly serving as White House chief of staff, officials said Thursday. (Associated Press)

    Obama may name William Daley to top job

    President Obama is considering naming former Commerce Secretary William Daley to a top White House job, possibly chief of staff, a person familiar with the matter said. The development comes as Mr. Obama eyes a broader reorganization of his senior staff heading into the next phase of his presidency.


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    BLANKLEY: Obama breaks out the sandbags

    Based on the recent appointments of the two most powerful staff positions in the White House, it appears that the White House is descending deeper into the bunker in anticipation of the expected shift in congressional majorities next year. The selection of Pete Rouse for chief of staff and Tom Donilon for national security adviser are both in-house promotions. Moving deputies up to principal rank is more typically seen in the seventh and eighth years of a White House administration - when an administration often has lost its instinct for innovation and creative responses to changing events. Moreover, in each case, a senior figure is being replaced with a staffer. Rahm Emanuel was a congressman who was in the senior leadership of the Democratic House when he became chief of staff. Gen. James L. Jones had been supreme allied commander in Europe and four-star commandant of the Marine Corps before he became national security adviser last year.


  • 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)

    Rahm Emanuel out; Obama names Rouse as White House chief of staff

    President Obama on Friday said a bittersweet goodbye to the energetic and fierce manager of his White House, chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, and elevated a quiet and seasoned adviser, Pete Rouse, to the most important gate-keeping job in American politics.


  • 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)

    Obama bids farewell to Rahm Emanuel, names Peter Rouse as successor

    While Rahm Emanuel, the outgoing White House chief of staff, choked up and joked about his reputation for foul language, Peter Rouse, the man who is replacing him, stood silently to the side.


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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.

    Emanuel seen quitting Friday for own race

    President Obama is set to lose another key member of his inner circle as signs point to a Friday departure for White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who's expected to announce a run for Chicago mayor after serving as Mr. Obama's top aide for nearly two years.


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