January 9th, 2012
07:55 PM ET
When Bill Daley departs the White House, President Obama will have had either three or four chiefs of staff in his first term – depending how you count: Rahm Emanuel, interim Chief of Staff Pete Rouse (who served briefly), Bill Daley and now Jack Lew.
It’s a lot of turnover for one term, though it probably doesn’t impact his image – voters might not really care about internal staff changes in the West Wing. The President and multiple administration officials say it was Daley’s decision to go. Multiple Democratic sources say he has been unhappy.
So why didn’t it work for Daley? According to many Democratic sources:
Finally, Jack Lew is well liked, low key, and has years-long good relations with the Hill. Think of him as a chief financial officer-type, one who can manage the White House while others worry about the campaign.