Why is Daley leaving the White House?
January 9th, 2012
07:55 PM ET

Why is Daley leaving the White House?

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:

Hard to Break In – Daley was a Chicago heavy-hitter but he wasn’t a campaign insider. The president was already getting advice from long time senior counselors who weren’t going to cede their relationship. Among them: Valerie Jarrett, David Plouffe, Pete Rouse and David Axelrod in Chicago.

No Staff Changes – Multiple sources tell CNN Daley never got the support from the president to make what he thought were necessary changes for the White House to function better.

Business Relations – Daley was originally brought in - in part - to improve relations with the business community. Once the campaign kicked in and the focus turned to the president as champion of working Americans, relations with the business community became less of a priority.

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.

Topics: Jack Lew • The Buzz • White House • William Daley

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  1. twh

    Hope he doesn't get detained indefinitely.

    January 9, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
  2. Steve

    Or maybe Obama is just a prick to work for.

    January 9, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • jean2009

      Turn over happens for most White House staffs.

      I really doubt if White House pay is up to that in the private sector.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:54 am |
      • jerry

        their pay goes up after they leave the white house...big time.

        January 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
      • C-Lo

        But it's not about the money for Dem's, right? It's about carrying on the big gov't mandates and union cronyism in DC and he wasn't towing the party line for the unions. Follow the money!!!

        January 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • Brad

      more like he and michelle are just pricks in general

      January 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  3. gerr

    is it just my imagination or,has there been an inordinate amount of White House turnover? for example, the number of Economic advisors who came and went. Is this a sign of internal conflict and disagreement?

    January 9, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
    • Brad

      Of course there has been alot of turnover in the white house......there is bound to be when no matter who is there if they don't agree compleatly with what overlord obama wants then they get the ax and who would want to work for someone who is supposed to be listening to your advice but instead lets it go in one big dumbo ear and out the other and does the exact oposite of what would be good for country just to try and push us further into socialism

      January 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  4. jerry

    daley was clintons point man for the passage of NAFTA...then made a fortune working for an organization that profited from the mortgage collapse....he was brought on to bring cash into obamas campaign...and failed. His replacement is also connected to the mortgage mess... the real obama hope and change folks.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
  5. george

    Successful corporates higher and fire people all the time,it is an ordinance of going about aspiring to carry out doing business effectively any other perspective to this will be purely speculative!

    January 10, 2012 at 12:04 am |
  6. Justinstl


    January 10, 2012 at 2:05 am |
  7. bill

    I'm just curious why nothing about this change is anywhere on the CNN "front page".

    January 10, 2012 at 11:34 am |
  8. Lefty

    "Daley was originally brought in – in part – to improve relations with the business community." – We all see how that worked. The president has poor leadership skills. Obama couldn't lead a pack of hungry wolves to a pile of meat.

    January 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • Lee

      Well, even wolves wont eat meat tainted by conservatives

      January 10, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  9. C-Lo

    "Daley was originally brought in – in part – to improve relations with the business community." In other words, the Chicago Mob political machine is running him out of town because they haven't seen enough Union support from these Windy City politicians. If the AFL/CIO isn't getting it's way they send in the thugs. This was the warning shot over the bow of Obama's re-election campaign by they Unions. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/frustrated-with-democrats-some-large-unions-cut-back-on-donations/2011/05/16/AF0Hmh8G_story.html

    January 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • jean2009

      Sure....C-LO NOT! How about that GM being back in first place for global auto sales....really makes your spiel sound like so much FAUX misinformation. Just think Walker and Kasich....



      January 10, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
      • Lizzie

        There is not a company on the face of this earth who would not be ishowing a profit if the government loans you money and tells them to do creative accounting, and you don't have to pay it back.

        January 10, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Lets start with your blind allegence to the socia..er, Democrat party. Any info that may discredit them causes those with BGAS (big government allegence syndrome) to stick their fingers in their ears, close their eyes and start screaming "Fox News, Fox News, it's all FAUX news."

        Now, lets address your GM information:
        1. Chevy has been buying back and considering a full recall on its 2011 car of the year. When the reviews said the car exploded on the scene in 2011, little did they realize it was going to be literal!
        2. Of course their sales went up. They told the gov't they would default on their handouts unless the gov't increased it's fleet purchases after Ford took over top honors in 2010. Anywhere but Chicago politics it would be extortion/blackmail. That and corporate mis-reporting that you libs like to cite, they were probably counting the buybacks as sales.

        If you don't think the White House is any less corrupted than local Windy City politics, you need to get off the beach so you can't keep your head in the sand.

        Jean, the leftist are just as corrupt as the right, if not more so–they not only take bribes from labor, environmentalists...but from the same big business you rail against on the right. Wall Street's biggest contribuitons went to Obama. http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/contrib.php?cid=N00009638
        Have you heard of Jon Corzine and MF Global? http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/bam_still_pocketing_mf_money_Nf97jWhHq8WflgwD9wAlXN

        And do you realize without big gov't influence and power, it doesn't matter anyway. If GM fails (without gov't bailout) the demand for new autos does not change, the supply mearly gets transferred to the survivors. Ford, Honda, Toyota, Hyundae, Kia...they move in, revamp the shuttered GM plants to fit their production or increase production on existing lines, and hire the workers to help meet that demand. Why didn't anyone cry when Saturn went under–BECAUSE THE UNIONS WEREN'T PAYING OFF POLITICIANS.

        Following the money isn't just a philosophy for the Republicans and the sooner you admit that, the sooner your arguments may become somewhat credible.

        January 10, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
      • C-Lo

        @Lizzie...Sorry sweetie, you're wrong. Solyndra couldn't seem to show a profit!

        January 10, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • jerry

      I believe obama has union support...he has certainly spent a lot of taxpayer money to get it. However, I said "union" support..this doe not mean the union rank in file support him..they don't. An example: the teamsters (drivers) have a real problem with the mexican non-union truckers crossing the boarder and delivering across the country..the obama administration signed this agreement which was a part of the bill clinton NAFTA agreement. Now Hoffa is acting angry about this, but he will help obama get reelected. Obama is a friend of the unions...not labor and he has proven it!

      January 10, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  10. Brian

    Ever seen the movie Deep Impact? The Senator resigns suspiciously. I beleive he was in charge of government spending or something. He wanted to spend time with his family.....Now that should make you think! Goverment spending has been out of control. Mainland blamed on wars. Perfect cover up....

    January 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  11. Lizzie

    Why dont you call it what it is he was ousted.

    January 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  12. george of the jungle

    The administration will work it out. Every time someone moves on the media makes a big deal . Look at major corporations they do the same thing. Jerry I am a teamster and Obama has the support of the rank and file too.

    January 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  13. gavinsox

    This Whitehouse is just a revolving door. They have had four Chief of Staffs in four years. Looks like,sounds like, and smells like it is very dysfunctional. Or could it be simply they all couldn't get along with Michelle and Barry. How is it that a former community organizer is having so much trouble getting along with the staff. Why can't they all get along?Guess we'll have to wait and see for the next tell all book that comes out to find out what really happened.

    January 10, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  14. jrt1098

    The people that need to accept the blame for this "dysfunction" are the alleged Media in this country....MSNBC, the NY Times and including CNN. They were all so busy dealing with that "tingling" feeling running down there leg that they FAILED the American people. Obama has accoplished very little that warranted his ascendency to the throne. His Presidency simply reflects that fact !

    January 10, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
  15. Susan

    If I were to put myself in the same situation as so many within this adminstration I would be letting the almighty dollar buy my soul, but I will not. Teamsters union or not we must do what is best for the country not what is best for self. Do the teamsters love their children and grandchildren, I would hope so and just as much as I do. This president is the worst in history and is taking our country into a state of not just decline among our standing in the world but before he is thru the teamsters pay will be worth nada, nothing. If you debase the dollar and continue to print it like Bernanke and spend the kind of stimulus money Obama has spent, our country goes bankrupt. We have a debt right now that is 100% of our GDP. And, what is even sadder is this Chicago community agitator wants the congress to give him more stimulus money which will put our nation over the edge. Anyone with any kind of banking knowledge or simple math should realize that. Do the teamsters believe that their dollars will be worth anything when this president gets thru with them. I would hope not. The dollar will be worth what Zimbabwes was worth, nothing. Marc Faber, a well known Swiss economist said if printing paper money could bring wealth, then Zimbabwe would be the richest nation on the earth. And, our federal reserve is printing massive amounts of paper money that will lead to hyperinflation and misery for all. Obama is well aware of this. I guess he and Michelle can go live in Kenya when that happens but what about the rest of the nation.

    January 12, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
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