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Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 01/ 6/2011

Obama chooses William Daley as chief of staff

By Emi Kolawole

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press

President Obama has chosen former commerce secretary William Daley to serve as his chief of staff, replacing interim chief of staff Pete Rouse.

Daley paid a furtive visit to the White House on Wednesday, which added to speculation that he was the clear front-runner.

As many as eight key jobs will soon be filled in an administration-wide game of musical chairs, among them the role of press secretary. Robert Gibbs, who has served in that job for the past two years, confirmed Wednesday that he is leaving the administration, saying he will play an outside advisory role and give speeches.

The president will also retain Pete Rouse as counselor. The president made the announcement at 2:30 p.m. ET Thursday in the White House briefing room.

Adam Green, co-founder of Progressive Change Campaign Committee at, expressed his dissatisfaction with the choice saying, "This was a real mistake by the White House. Bill Daley consistently urges the Democratic Party to pursue a corporate agenda that alienates both Independent and Democratic voters. If President Obama listens to that kind of political advice from Bill Daley, Democrats will suffer a disastrous 2012."‬‬

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By Emi Kolawole  | January 6, 2011; 11:50 AM ET
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Yes, we are doomed because all we are going to do is either rant or rave. The (we) American people are no longer Patriots, we are only "whiners"!?

Posted by: lolas13 | January 7, 2011 4:09 AM | Report abuse

How many nails does it take to fasten the lid on a political coffin. The Republicans have handed Obama so many nails that he has willingly used. What should be so shocking is that he still seems not to listen to the voter base from 2008 who deserted the Democratic party in the 2010 elections. He is still foolishly self destructing any hope for 2012 by hammering more nails into this mataphorical coffin.
Bringing in Daly is at least a handful of 16 penny nails in that coffin lid.

Posted by: Aarky | January 6, 2011 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama Named William Daley New Chief of Staff
Obama names new chief of staff. From the CBC.

Posted by: dbmetzger | January 6, 2011 11:53 PM | Report abuse

We haven't had a Democratic President since Jimmy Carter.

Posted by: AdrianMole | January 6, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Now I understand why Obama didn't help me with my problems with my Chase mortgage....

Posted by: dpaul1 | January 6, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Now I understand why Obama didn't help me with my problems with my Chase mortgage....

Posted by: dpaul1 | January 6, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Dear Sirs,
A president got his start as a voice of WHO radio.
He was broadcasting a Chicago Cubs game when the cable went down.
Calmly, he proceeded to make up his own game.
The Announcer?
Ronald Reagan.
Good guy?
Clifford Spencer

Posted by: yankeefan1925 | January 6, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Has anybody besides me seen the hand or Shadow of Bill Clinton at the White House again? Welcome home Bill. Set it up for your wife in 2012. Randall J. Marlowe, Buenos Aires

Posted by: ranjackmarlowegmailcom | January 6, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Has anybody besides me seen the hand or Shadow of Bill Clinton at the White House again? Welcome home Bill. Set it up for your wife in 2012. Randall J. Marlowe, Buenos Aires

Posted by: ranjackmarlowegmailcom | January 6, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse


Why is it always about race with you racists? Its about corruption or didn't you notice! If putting in place the union Banker side of the Chi-town mob machine into the WH then they must have lost all confidence in Obama.
This Daley is the youngest of the Daley clan of 7 kids and ran the Union Amalgamated Bank of Chicago (HUD loans) in addition to being the point guy for NAFDA and oversaw the mid west mergers of JP Morgan Chase and Bank One in which about 40,000 folks lost jobs.
No kidding, it's a Chicago thug machine happening at the White House. Man, on one hand Obama rails against fat cats and on the other hand they run him and the WH. Go figure why anyone would vote for Obama again.

Obama/Cheney in 2012 warmongers you can believe in!

Posted by: Loxinabox | January 6, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Now that's what I call leadership! If leadership is another word for sleaze and corruption...

Posted by: carlbatey | January 6, 2011 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Daley is an executive at JP Morgan Chase.

Are apologists REALLY going to say that the Democrats don't have ties to banking?


Posted by: postfan1 | January 6, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

With this news plus the impending loss of Paul Volker, it is now clear that Wall Street investment bankers have now completed their friendly takeover of the Obama White House. (For those of you who don't know, Daley now works for the JP Morgan investment bank.) This President no longer deserves to be called a Democrat.

Posted by: rickedelson | January 6, 2011 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean we're still stuck with Hillary as SOS ?

Posted by: richard36 | January 6, 2011 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Thanks theworm1. Hit each nail on the head. We're doomed.

Posted by: mtravali | January 6, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh, wow. Even though Daley wasn't able to rig the Florida vote counts (any of them), he should be a valued member of the Obama cabinet. Besides, everybody else with such qualifications is either in prison... or teaching at an Ivy League school.

Posted by: TimKern | January 6, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Here's what Obama's been doing for the last two years:

1. Shifting private debt to the public sector (thereby freeing corporations, esp the financial industry, but also financial arms of GM, GE, etc, and saddling the middle class with the obligation to ‘pay it off’).

2. Watching private sector profits reach un-precedented levels (while investment goes abroad, hiring moves abroad, and manufacturing continues to disappear and un-employment continues).

3. Raising the defense budget 6% (so, when “cuts” come, the defense industries will be safely sandbagged).

4. Allowing the financial industry to 'borrow' from the ‘public sector’ (i.e. me and you) at 1% and buy bonds that pay 3% interest (Banks take your $1 and make $2 off each one they ‘borrowed’ from you. But, here’s the real deal: You gave them the $1 they ‘borrowed’, and you pay them the $2 interest they ‘earned’ on the bonds. All the money they ‘invest’ came from you – a ‘loan’ – and all the money they make comes from you – you have to cover the interest on the bonds).

5. Allowing the financial industry to 'borrow' from the ‘public sector’ (i.e. me and you again) at 1%, to loan to me and you at 4%, 12%, 18% or more mortgages, credit cards and other lines of credit (pocketing 3%, 11% and 17% on your and my money – first given to them by us, then ‘paid back with interest’ by us).

6. Giving private sector insurers a windfall: mandated customers, with a taxpayer-paid overhead rate of 20% for ‘mandated customers’ (20% of our premium spent on administration, CEO salaries, bonuses, sitting on Boards to set rates and decide who’s covered, lobbying for the insurers’ benefit, advertising and propagandizing to redefine more and more as ‘health care service’ while delivering fewer and fewer services --- essentially, giving our tax money to insurers to do with it what they will). *The American people wanted a government administered plan like Medicare - for everyone. (72% - CBS/New York Times poll June 2009)

7. Expanding the war in Afghanistan. (64% of the American people opposed expanding the war in Afghanistan and wanted to disentangle from Bush-era ‘War on Terror’ and ‘preventive war’ policies. Still, over 60% of Americans oppose the war.

8. Keeping the six too-big-to-fail banks – now bigger than ever; kept deposits at risk by maintaining huge grey areas between commercial and investment banking; didn't 'punish' the financial industry - now even more profitable, with bonuses among the biggest ever.

9. Supporting ‘The Compromise’ – giving billionaires $10 for each $1 to an un- or under-employed person or family.

Can anyone believe a 'new' advisor is going to have any positive effect for America's middle class?

Posted by: theworm1 | January 6, 2011 12:08 PM | Report abuse

The Chicago crime spree continues!!!!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | January 6, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

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