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article imageWilliam Daley steps down to be Obama's co-chairman of re-election

By Nancy Houser     Jan 9, 2012 in Politics
Washington - Succeeding Rahm Emanuel, William (Bill) M. Daley became President Obama's chief of staff on January 2011. Within his first nine months on the job, he became heavily involved in the debt ceiling fight from spring to early August. This would be his undoing.
What Daley found difficult to deal with was the ongoing inability of the Republican-led House and President Obama to find common ground, exemplified by the collapse of negotiations between President Obama and Speaker John Boehner in regard to the debt ceiling fight.
When asked how he was doing in building bridges between the White House, Congress and the business community, according to Washington Post, Daley cynically replied, "Oh, it’s going great. Can’t you tell? I mean, things are just really great. The debt ceiling was no problem, and the business community loves us. They love the rhetoric. And, just, no problems.”
Unsuccessfully struggling to adapt to the strongly partisan Washington, on January 9, 2012, William Daley announced to President Obama he would be stepping down.
“Obviously this was not easy news to hear,” Obama said, adding that he had asked Mr. Daley to reconsider his decision to go home to Chicago, but that “the pull of the hometown we both love, a city that’s been synonymous with the Daley family for generations, was too great.”
Also stated in the New York Times was the fact Daley had already begun turning over some of his daily management responsibilities to Pete Rouse last November, another senior aide. With the recent resignation, it was announced by the White House that Bill Daley would be replaced by Jacob J. Lew, the budget director.
President Obama referred to Daley as being invaluable, able to "make tough decisions on the fly," according to Washington Post.
“Chicago is only a phone call away,” Obama said, adding that he would continue to seek Daley’s counsel in the coming months." This would be due to the fact William Daley is expected to serve as co-chairman of Obama’s re-election campaign.
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