Clinton's cabinet member is now Obama's chief of staff

13:46, January 07, 2011      

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White House chief of staff William Daley


Overhauling his team at the top, U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday named banker and seasoned political fighter William Daley as his new chief of staff, hoping to rejuvenate both a White House storming into re-election mode and an economy still gasping for help.

The choice of Daley immediately brought howls of protest from the left flank of the Democratic Party, where advocates questioned his insider ties to Wall Street.

Obama, whose hopes for a second term will be shaped largely by how the economy does, immediately linked Daley's appointment to that task. For the most influential staff job in American politics, Obama chose a fellow Chicagoan and former cabinet minister who has run both companies and political campaigns.

"I'm convinced that he'll help us in our mission of growing our economy," Obama said in a White House ceremony as Daley stood to one side. Said Daley to his new boss: "This team will not let you down, nor this nation."

With a new Republican majority in the House, Obama has been resetting his team with one eye on governing and the other on getting re-elected in 2012. After two long years on the job, on top of two nonstop years of campaigning, some of Obama's most senior advisers are heading out.
On Friday, Obama is expected to name Gene Sperling as his chief economic adviser, who once served for President Bill Clinton — just like Daley.

The chief of staff is the one charged with shaping Obama's time while managing a mammoth juggle of issues, crises, opinions and egos. Few jobs are as consuming.

Daley is known to be deft at deal making and organizing. He offers Obama credibility with the business community, familiarity with the ways of the cabinet and experience in navigating divided government.

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