January 6, 2011

President Obama on Thursday appointed William M. Daley — a former Clinton administration official and part of the famed Chicago political family — as his new chief of staff, calling him an “experienced public servant.”

Daley, a sometimes-ally, sometimes-critic of the president, will step into what is traditionally the most influential advisory job in the White House – acting as the president’s day-to-day sounding board, gatekeeper and scheduler.

Daley “possesses a deep understanding of how jobs are created and how to grow our economy,” Obama said at the White House.

“Few Americans can boast the breadth of experience that Bill Daley brings to this job,” the president said.

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