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William M. Daley
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Republican leaders said Sunday they are optimistic about President Obama's apparent new focus on creating jobs and his "pivot" toward a more centrist approach to governing, but warned that he still must turn his words into actions.
For President Obama, last year's State of the Union address was a conversion experience. The man who once had talked about quitting the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) announced that he had become a born-again free-trader. He outlined a set of specific plans and objectives for the United States to pursue as it seeks to improve its place in the global economy.
Liberalism was running at full throttle in the Age of Obama until it collided with the 2010 midterm elections, when the American people yelled "Stop!"
The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Tuesday praised what he called a "new tone" in the Obama administration's dealings with the business community but warned that rising energy prices, the new health care law and a "regulatory tsunami" continue to hurt businesses and slow the drive to create more jobs.
Moderate Democrats and the business community on Thursday hailed President Obama's choice of banking executive William Daley as his next chief of staff while some progressive activists balked at the return of a centrist Washington veteran whom they warned would alienate Mr. Obama's left flank ahead of 2012.