Daley Quits As Obama’s Chief Of Staff - Lew Trots In From The Bullpen
By Dell Hill
a minor league baseball player gets called up to the majors to replace
an injured star they say “he was up for a cup of coffee”. That’s
exactly the position William Daley finds himself today - his one year
stint as Barack Obama’s chief of staff is over.
The L.A. Times reports:
“William Daley is stepping down as White House chief of staff and budget director Jack Lew is taking over the President Obama’s team as it heads into a tough election year, senior administration officials say.
House Chief of Staff William Daley, left, confers with White House
Press Secretary Jay Carney as President Barack Obama addresses the media
in the briefing room of the White House. (Win McNamee/Getty Images /
December 8, 2011)
gave his letter of resignation to the president in a private meeting in
the Oval Office last week, recounting the administration's successes of
his one year on the job and saying it was time for him to return to his
hometown of Chicago.
Obama made the news official this afternoon in a brief appearance in
the state dining room of the White House, where he told reporters in
somber tones that he is sorry to see Daley leave.
no question I will deeply miss having Bill at my side here at the White
House," Obama said. "But Chicago is only a phone call away."
accepting Daley's resignation last week, the president said, he asked
for advice on a replacement. "He told me there was one clear choice,"
Obama said, "and I believe he's right."
Lew was the first and only choice for the job, aides to the president say.
official shift will take place at the end of the month, giving Lew time
to complete the administration’s budget proposal while Daley leads the
team through the crafting of the State of the Union address due in two
Dell’s Bottom Line:
There’s going to be a budget?
hope it’s a bit more creditable than the last one submitted to congress
by this president. That one went down to defeat in the Democrat
controlled senate 97-0 with three Senators not voting.