BREAKING: White House chief of staff stepping down
January 9th, 2012
03:08 PM ET
2 years ago

BREAKING: White House chief of staff stepping down

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama announced Monday that White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley is stepping down and will be replaced by Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew.

Two senior Obama aides told CNN that Daley will stay in his job through January, including the State of the Union address.

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  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Hardly a surprise.... Another smart guy that sees the writing on the wall. He's probably had enough of Obama and all the elite know-nothings.

    BTW, didn't he have a full head of hair when he took the job a year ago? hahahaha....

    January 9, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Sarah Baan

    Jumping ship. . . Wonder where Bill will be headed.

    January 9, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Gee... that didn't take long....

    January 9, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. Republican Class Warfare

    Good, this guy was just another Chicago shill for the 1%, he belongs in a Republican administration. He also looked like a muppet.

    January 9, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    This would be breaking news if Daley didn't finish out the term.

    [ Didn't a Bill Daily play "Roger" on "I Dream of Jeannie" ]

    January 9, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. Billiam Hillary

    Just the first of many rats leaving the sinking ship.

    January 9, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Gurgi

    The rest of the chicago mafia thugs need to go.

    January 9, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    I think Obama let him go so he had more time to head back to Chicago and find Obama a place to stay next January???

    I can hardly wait for all the tell all books from these people. Hopefully the truth comes out BEFORE the election.

    January 9, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Michael Fox

    Another corrupted politician washes away...

    January 9, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. CS_GUY

    Wow, what an assumption by the POTUS! He must think his re-election is a cinch! I don't think he will be around to use the new guy he appointed.

    January 9, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. Just make it up

    Must be a senate seat opening up that he wants to run for.

    January 9, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. Gurgi

    @Rudy, yep. that was one of my favorite programs growing up. Used to watch every program waiting to see if they would show barbara eden's belly button.

    January 9, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. brian in dc

    I guess the reports of not being able to work with Obama and/or his staff are true. It is no wonder Congress can't work with him either.

    January 9, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. timS

    Why would Daly quit now before the November election?

    January 9, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. brian in dc

    Even more comical is that Obama has a budget director.

    January 9, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. nathan

    this was announced a cpl months ago. nothing new.

    January 9, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. ObjectiveGuy

    Great–the only guy in the entire Obama administration with a brain, and he decides to leave. Bill Daley made sure that Osama bin Laden was killed, despite the objections of Barack Obama. Daley made it such that Obama had no choice but to authorize it, as it was all but a "done deal" by the time Obama even knew of the plan, and Daley told Obama he had no choice but to go along, or risk looking like he was soft on terrorism. Daley probably got sick of all of the incompetence within the administration, and will certainly land on his feet somewhere in the financial industry.

    January 9, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Sorensen

    Bad and uneducated mistake to begin with. He belongs in a hedge fund on Wall Street.

    January 9, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Thomas

    He was temporary anyway. Would CNN please ask him why he's leaving ?

    Journalism , News .

    January 9, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. Rose

    Good grief, why can't Obama keep staff members?

    January 9, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. Rsprings

    He did so much good while he was there we will miss him (sarcasm)

    January 9, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. michael

    you just wait obama will be reelected against this boatload of gop losers. dems will have the last laugh

    January 9, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. vtwin1540

    He probaly refused to play "lurch" at the obama's halloween party.

    January 9, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  24. dos

    The GOP is destroying any of their own that worked with Obama, no wonder he's leaving with "friends" like those

    January 9, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. h.

    Daley was always a temp solution since Rahm left early

    January 9, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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