Ten crucial months before the presidential election and Barack Obama has announced a shake-up at the White House.
Bill Daley has resigned as chief of staff after a troubled year in the post. As Obama’s top aide he was seen as being too close to big business and too soft on Republicans.
President Barack Obama told reporters: “Naturally when Bill told me his plans to go back to Chicago, I asked him who he thought could fill his shoes. He told me that there was one clear choice, and I believe he’s right. So today I’m pleased to announce that Jack Lew has agreed to serve as my next chief of staff.”
The switch at the top of the White House power chain comes as Obama prepares for a tough re-election battle requiring support from his left-leaning base.
The chief of staff controls access to the president, acting as both enforcer and liaison to a sometimes hostile Congress.