Richard M. Daley

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Daley Brings Business and Political Smarts to Job

WASHINGTON – With decades of political and business experience, newly named White House chief of staff William Daley is solidly positioned to help President Barack Obama navigate the troubled waters of divided government and prepare for the 2012 presidential race. A Democratic centrist, Daley can serve as a liaison to business in a White House that has faced criticism from some as being anti-business. A former commerce secretary and banking powerhouse, he can also give Obama real-world advice on economic matters. No stranger to sharp-elbow politics, Daley can be a trusted campaign adviser. "Bill Daley is entirely comfortable in the world of business as in the world of politics," said William Galston, a longtime associate of Daley's who was a White House domestic adviser in the Clinton administration. And while Daley is soft-spoken, "he has all the toughness of the Daley family, and then some," said Galston, now with the Brookings Institution, a liberal-leaning think tank. Daley is not the only Clinton administration alumnus joining Obama's team. Obama was expected to name Gene Sperling to replace the departing Larry Summers as head of the White House National Economic Council. It is a job that Sperling, now an adviser to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, held late in the Clinton administration. The migration began in January 2009 when Obama nominated former Clinton chief of staff Leon Panetta as CIA director. More recently, Obama made Jacob Lew his budget


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