January 6th, 2011
08:31 PM ET

Meet the new Chief of Staff

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama made it official Thursday and named William Daley as his new Chief of Staff. Dan Lothian takes a look at all the experience from the worlds of government and business that Daley brings with him.

And as expected, not everyone is happy with the choice.

Daley Moving Quickly to Take Power
January 6th, 2011
06:13 PM ET

Daley Moving Quickly to Take Power

WASHINGTON (CNN)- New White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley will be on the job before the State of the Union, according to senior administration officials, and there are early signs he will also be bringing in some of his own senior staff - leaving some current White House aides feeling uneasy about where they fit in the flow chart.

            Several Democratic sources said Daley is planning to bring along to the White House at least some of his close allies dating back to his time as Commerce Secretary during the Clinton administration as well as other stops in his impressive resume.

            The Democratic sources said one of his first hires is expected to be David Lane, who served as chief of staff in the Commerce Department and executive director of the National Economic Council in the Clinton White House, and is a key member of Daley's kitchen cabinet. FULL POST

Obama names Daley chief of staff
January 6th, 2011
01:06 PM ET

Obama names Daley chief of staff

 President Obama will name former Clinton Commerce Secretary William Daley his new chief of staff, according to three senior administration officials, as a dramatic reshuffling of the White House staff kicks into high gear.

The officials said Obama will also elevate interim chief of staff Pete Rouse, who had been serving as a senior adviser before replacing Rahm Emanuel on a temporary basis, to the role of counselor to the president. Obama himself will make the announcements official at 2:30pm ET at the White House.

The moves come just one day after White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs revealed that he will be stepping down in a few weeks. His exit will come after the State of the Union Address later this month, around the same time that senior adviser David Axelrod departs as well, in what Gibbs himself a "major retooling" of a White House dealing now with a closely divided Congress.

By tapping Daley, Obama is showing signs that he is reaching for help from Clinton administration veterans who had to dig out of the last major Democratic shellacking in the 1994 election. Senior officials expect that on Friday Obama will name Gene Sperling, another Clinton veteran who is currently working at the Treasury Department, to replace Larry Summers as the chair of the National Economic Council at the White House.

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Topics: Staff Changes • The News • White House • William Daley
January 6th, 2011
09:41 AM ET

Volcker stepping down from White House advisory post

WASHINGTON (CNN)- Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker is stepping down as chairman of President Obama's outside economic advisory panel, according to Democratic sources familiar with the move, as the reshuffling of the White House's economic team continues.

The announcement comes as senior officials say Obama is expected on Friday to make a much more substantial move by officially naming Gene Sperling to replace Larry Summers as the chairman of the National Economic Council, the key policymaking office inside the White House.  FULL POST


Topics: Economy • President Obama • Staff Changes
January 6th, 2011
08:52 AM ET

POTUS's schedule for Thursday, January 6, 2011

WHITE HOUSE (CNN) –  President Obama stays out of the public eye again today with no public events on his schedule. We didn't see him yesterday either. He's probably figuring out staff changes and working on his State of the Union speech. He has his usual briefings with the Vice President, including their weekly lunch. Then this afternoon, they'll meet with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. FULL POST