By Dan Froomkin
12:54 PM ET, 01/22/2009
As Jeff Zeleny wrote in the New York Times last week: "Among the top members of the staff, David Axelrod, a senior adviser, will occupy the space closest to the Oval Office, in a nook, positioned directly outside the president's private dining room, where Mr. Obama can poke his head through the door at any moment. It is the office occupied by George Stephanopoulos when Bill Clinton was president.
"Rahm Emanuel, the incoming chief of staff, worked out of that same office for a time under Mr. Clinton. Mr. Emanuel will now have a larger office just down the hall, a corner spot that has long been used by people serving in his position. And Pete Rouse, who was chief of staff to Mr. Obama in the Senate and will work as a senior adviser in the White House, will be between Mr. Axelrod and Mr. Emanuel. . . .
"Like presidents before him, Mr. Obama will give offices on the first floor of the West Wing to the vice president, the national security adviser and the press secretary. The White House counsel, the director of the National Economic Council and the director of domestic policy will all be on the West Wing's second floor.
"Valerie Jarrett, another senior adviser to the president, will be in a second-floor office with windows that look over the South grounds of the White House, the office that Hillary Rodham Clinton once used. The communications director, who once occupied a spot on the second floor, will be moved down a floor to smaller quarters outside the office of Robert Gibbs, the press secretary."