Daley Resigns As White House Chief of Staff


The Obama administration has confirmed that William Daley is stepping down as White House chief of staff and that budget director Jack Lew will be taking over his position. The Los Angeles Times reports that Daley submitted his letter of resignation to President Barack Obama last Tuesday in a private meeting in which Daley spoke of the administration’s success during his one year holding the position. In a January 3 letter to the President (obtained by the Los Angeles Times/Tribune bureau in Washington), Daley said he had been “honored to be a small part of your administration” and that “It is time for me to go back to the city I love.”

The President had not been expecting Daley’s resignation, says the Los Angeles Times. Aides say that Obama “had faith” in Daley to continue to lead the effort of fighting through tough economic and budget issues, against the GOP-led Congress. While Daley was recruited for his “deal-making skills,” he nonetheless “failed to help his boss strike a huge budget deal with Republicans in the House,” comments the New York Times.

In October, Daley had told a Chicago TV station that he was “looking forward to returning to his hometown but that he would serve the president through the duration of the reelection campaign.” While Daley has remained in charge, Obama shifted day-to-day operational duties to Pete Rouse, an aide who has served as interim chief of staff, in November

At their meeting last Tuesday, Obama asked Daley to take 24 hours to decide what to do. Daley told him on Wednesday that he would resign and suggested Lew as his replacement.

Lew was budget director under President Clinton and deputy director of the Department of State under Hillary Rodham Clinton. The New York Times describes Lew as a “well-regarded veteran of the White House budget office, State Department and Wall Street” who will indeed “be able to forge better ties to Congress.”


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Paul B.
Paul B6 years ago

Time to go home to family is such a cop out excuse and surely not the real story. Even a rat knows when the cheese is too rotten to eat. As a Daley, it must have been really bad for him to leave.

BTW. It isn't a GOP run Congress. Last time I checked Reid and the Dems ran the obstructionist Senate... 1/2 of Congress. So it's a push.

Robert H.
Robert Hamm6 years ago

I suspect it has way more to do with election season coming up than anything else

David Anderson
David Anderson6 years ago

Nyack C.
6:31pm PST on Jan 10, 2012
Steve- Could it be they are PAID to by the opposition? Nooo... surely not in this pure and honest America

If that were the case, it would speak very poorly of these supposedly loyal sons of the Democratic party as well as Obama's judgment.

Steve R.
Steve R6 years ago

Good grief - Obama's sailors are jumping ship left, right and center.

Wish we knew the real reason!

Could it be their boss? Nah - surely not?

Sue Jones
Sue Jones6 years ago

I wish him the best. I don't think he was a good fit in the Chief of Staff position.

Roy A.
Past Member 6 years ago

I honestly don't know a whole lot about William in particular, but the Daleys aren't that popular here in Chicago lately. Rather than coming back, maybe he could go somewhere else. And take his conniving brother with him. Chicagoans are finally starting to get tired of being jerked around by crooks, and I think most of us would say, the fewer Daleys the better.

Cathryn C.
Cathryn C6 years ago

Good Luck Mr. Daley, that you stayed in there and fought for us alongside Obama against overwhelming GOP Opposition for a year says much to your character.

Kristina C.
Kristina C6 years ago

Good luck to William Daley and thank you. I think that Mr. Daley had been an asset to the administration and will be missed.

Sylvia M.
Sylvia M6 years ago

You can take the Daley out of Chicago....but you can't take Chicago out of the Daley. Good luck to him and I hope he enjoys more time for family. Soldier on.