Obama staff shakeup imminent, may come as early as Friday
January 4th, 2011
06:57 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama staff shakeup imminent, may come as early as Friday

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama has narrowed the list of candidates for White House chief of staff down to two - current interim boss Pete Rouse and former Clinton Commerce Secretary William Daley - according to two senior Democratic sources close to the process.

The president wants to move quickly on naming the next full time chief of staff, the sources said, noting that a slew of staff moves could be announced as early as Friday.

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  1. Dawn

    Wow!I haven't seen this many changes in one administration in just a matter of 2 years!That shows me they're not getting along!

    January 4, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. bazelope

    It's called "Bailing off a sinking ship"!!!

    January 4, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  3. Ed bailey

    Good luck CHIEF. I sincerely hope you are willing and able to stand up to the punishment.dirty tricks for the rich are and have ruled. Please tell MRS. AXELROD thanks, the retaliation was close to lethal but it wasn't her fault. Best wishes for 2 fantastic years for you and yours.

    January 4, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  4. IWISHIWASPHARTINGMAN

    and the musical chairs begin...who will be sitting and who will be standing when the music stops?

    January 4, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  5. Mark

    Is Obama going to blame his staff for his lack of leadership now?

    January 4, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  6. Andrew

    I'll come work for you Mr. President. Even if no one else will.

    January 4, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  7. John Jordan

    Hopefully Obama will be included in the staff shake up and we can get a real leader!

    January 4, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  8. BillyD1953

    Staff shakeup? If only he'd begin by firing himself and replacing himself with a real liberal instead of a phony liberal who bends over backwards to keep the right wing GOP happy every step of the way. I could not be any sorrier that I voted for this guy and even did so very enthusiastically!

    January 4, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  9. boltthrower718

    This is not breaking news. We need to hear that the current admin is go to attack the the oil tyrants and keep fuel prices down. And just lower the boom on greed at all levels. \m/

    January 4, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  10. MARKPAIN

    I actually like Gibbs because he gives the conservatives as good as they give. I wish he was a member of "President Ralph Nader`s" staff

    January 4, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  11. edmarc

    Shakeup? They can start with Obama.

    January 4, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  12. Howard

    Is it true that Obama is going to add the corrupt ex mayor daly to his staff?

    January 4, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  13. 100% ETH

    For Obama, shaking-up his staffs are like prepared for defence, when the Republicians are storming/coming back like a HURRICANE with high categories. For this reason, Democrats have only one option on the table. Either stay strong and be a good defence or leave the area IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!!

    January 4, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  14. Americano

    This is an administration full of smart people...contrary to Republicans and the years of Bush.

    January 4, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  15. Brandon

    YEP. A new breed.... yeah right. They are going to clean up Congress?!?!?!? They have already been bought and paid for.

    January 4, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  16. Eagle35

    Keystone Cops!!! The largest group of incompetents ever assembled!

    January 4, 2011 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  17. OutPatient

    I'm bowled over by the ingratiating superlatives that CNN heaps on to the heads of people in the Obama administration which CNN would think unseemly if there were a Repub in the White HOuse.

    January 4, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  18. Pat F

    its like moving the deck chairs on the Titantic

    January 4, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  19. dave

    No to Pelosi for anything but White House Chief Please

    January 4, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |