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I asked Pete Rouse.
Won mired most trusted aides.
To step into the -- and lead us through a very difficult time.
And I also -- to help us think about how the White House should be structured and run over the next two years.
Thanks in no small part to his efforts.
There nobody thought would be one of -- -- has turned out to be one of great progress for comfort.
And -- leadership's all the more remarkable when you consider that when I first met him.
And asked him to leave my senate staff.
He told me.
In that -- horse of his that a strong inclination was to leave government.
The reserve is applauding him because they've heard him say that every day.
-- -- are very very for the last six years.
And yet each time I've asked them to accept one more assignment be saddled up and he's taken the job.
And it's fair to say that I would not be where I am today without his extraordinary council.
-- -- didn't volunteer to serve as interim chief of staff he made it clear that that was not his preference but he accepted the responsibility.
And as he.
Oversaw our strategy during the lame duck session of congress he also was working to develop a structure and -- plan for the next two years.
That I believe will serve the White House and more importantly the American people very well.
One of those assignments was provided -- recommendations for candidates to serve as chief of staff moving forward.
As part of that process today I am proud to announce the appointment.
An experienced public servant.
A devoted patriots.
My friend and fellow Chicago.
Bill -- to serve as Mike -- Few Americans can -- a breath of experience that bill brings to this job.
He served as a member of president Clinton's cabinet as commerce secretary.
He took on several other important duties over the years on behalf of our country.
He's led the major corporations.
He possesses a deep understanding of how jobs are created and how to grow our economy.
And needless to say bill also has.
A smidgen of awareness of how our system of government and politics works.
You might say it is a genetic trait.
But most of all I know build would be somebody who cares deeply about this country.
Believes its promise.
And considers no calling higher and more important than serving the American people.
He will bring his tremendous experience.
Is strong values.
And forward looking vision to this White House.
I'm convinced that he'll help us in our mission of growing our economy and moving America forward and I very much look forward.
To working with the bill in the years to come.
Before I ask -- say a few words I should also confessed that I have prevailed.
Once again on deep sense of duty.
Or sense of guilt I'm not sure which.
And I'm grateful that he has agreed to 21 more tours of duty as my counselor for the next two years.
As you might most people like.
He is -- unique and indispensable lesson to me and to this administration.
I cannot imagine.
Life here without.
And I told -- and I'm delighted that were able to keep him.
A little bit all.
-- be making further us announcements in the days and weeks ahead and I am absolutely confident that we will have.
A great team that's equal to America's task.
In the years to come.
But would that what I'd like to do is to introduce my new chief of staff building.
And there you have it the president naming a new chief of staff to the White House -- position.
-- the white house of course and this is a man who Americans will become very familiar with over the coming days and weeks.
Replacing Rahm Emanuel who left that position to go around it to be mayor of Chicago which is -- tied because.
The mayor of Chicago has some ties to bill -- For more on this I'm going back to Karl Rove impacted -- with me in a moment as well who's a former pollster for president Jimmy Carter.
And Fox's contributor -- -- start with Karl who's got the onset advantage flat what do we know that this guy bill Daley.
-- have been described as an adult and that's that's been duly served in the Clinton administration's commerce secretary he's been active in business.
Or -- AT&T announced in mid western chairman for.
It's an interesting choice -- left of the democratic party's gonna be upset.
But they -- they pick up.
He opposed the new financial.
Regulation law he's been critical of the Democrat attitude against trade agreements he was and he helped bring about NAFTA.
But I think we're likely see some things happen almost immediately I would be surprised the chief of staff has to look at every prepared speech -- but that's proposed for the president.
I suspect we'll see very little the anti business rhetoric that we've been seen over the last year to.
-- -- make of it way past the -- the chief of staff.
We're likely to see I think -- more engaged attitude by the White House in the in the preparation legislation.
Over the last two years it sort of outsourced all this to the congress this -- what Democrats on the hill right to legislation.
I suspect daily from what I know was gonna have the more engaged than actually writing these bills and in trying to craft of the administration's position in the and finally I think we're gonna see -- look this is a guy who is used to -- was chairman of the gore campaign.
So you think you'd be hard nosed political another part of their daily political machine but this is a guy who understands you don't get things done in America.
In American politics without working across party lines so you -- look.
John Boehner told me in the spring that he went -- -- nearly half a year without any substantive contact by the president or his top people.
Mitch McConnell what fourteen months without a personal 101 by the president United States.
Daley will understand the necessity for the president be deeply engaged in personal contact.
In his administration to engage with contact with Democrats and Republicans on capitol -- I think we're likely see change -- -- -- and in the what went White -- -- --
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