Bill Daley to leave White House after 2012 election

Win or lose, he’s leaving.

William Daley, the White House chief of staff, told the NBC Chicago television affiliate this week that he will leave his post after the November 2012 election.


U.S. President Barack Obama (R) listens as William Daley publicly accepts the position as the new White House chief of staff in the East Room of the White House in Washington January 6, 2011. (REUTERS/Jason Reed ) (JASON REED/REUTERS)

Daley took the job in the fall of 2010 when his predecessor and close friend, Rahm Emanuel, left the White House to run successfully for mayor of Chicago. Daley did not know Obama well at the time, but he left a senior position at JPMorgan Chase to take the senior White House job.

Some White House officials say Daley does not particularly like it, and his comments this week seem to provide supporting evidence of that sentiment.

Chosen in part to patch things up between Obama and the business community, Daley has instead found himself at the heart of Washington’s partisan bloodletting – and he’s not into it.

NBC Chicago asked Daley if he planned to follow in Emanuel’s footsteps and run for office. His response? A Washington-weary dodge.

“I’m just trying to get through day-to-day, I have no plans,” he told the TV station.

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Scott Wilson is the chief White House correspondent for the Washington Post. Previously, he was the paper’s deputy Assistant Managing Editor/Foreign News after serving as a correspondent in Latin America and in the Middle East.

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