White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley Abruptly Quits His Job
Matt | On 09, Jan 2012
Things are not all gravy over at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue today.
White House chief of staff, Bill Daley has walked away from his position that he held for just a year. He wants to return to his hometown of Chicago and be with his family.
Daley submitted his resignation to President Obama last week, but the president wouldn’t accept it. Well, Daley continued to hold on to Jesus’s unchanging hand and resubmitted the resignation until the president accepted this week. Mission accomplished!
With stories like this, you need to read between the lines. This is NOT just about someone wanting to go back to their family and take the kids to soccer practice.
Working as a White House staffer is one of the most grueling positions on the planet. It churns up and spits out the best and most seasoned of Washington insiders. Still, Daley was more of a Chicago insider than anything. (His dad and brother served as Chicago mayor for 43 of the 56 years from 1955-2011). Onlookers say that it was apparent that Daley was not fit for the job, even though he worked in the Clinton Administration as the U.S. Commerce Secretary.
It takes a special kind of person to be the White House chief of staff. They are essentially the legislative gateway to the president. Cabinet meetings, scheduling, image, Congressional relations, White House staffing, etc. are all areas that are at least touched (if not micro-managed) by the chief of staff. The person is dealing with a range of attitudes and egos and playing an almost-impossible balancing act between major power brokers in Washington, D.C.
It’s enough to make the most professional person want to light a cigarette at their desk and blow it in the president’s face. Or, it may make them curse out everyone in the building.
In the meantime, White House budget director, Jack Lew, is expected to take Daley’s place until a more permanent replacement is found.