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Role of White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley Changing

ABC/Martin H. Simon(WASHINGTON) -- Coming off a difficult summer for President Obama and heading into what is shaping up to be a difficult re-election season, White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley’s role at the White House is changing, sources told ABC News, with senior advisor Pete Rouse assuming an expanded operational and coordination role with White House staff akin to that of a chief operating officer.

White House officials denied that this was in any way a demotion for Daley, insisting that several weeks ago Daley had asked Rouse, a top aide to the president since his election to the Senate in 2004, to expand his role by helping the West Wing run more smoothly, making it more effective and efficient.

Daley made the announcement at a White House staff meeting on Monday.

“As a lot of you know, I’ve asked Pete to take on a greater operational role,” Daley said, according to one attendee, who said Daley described Rouse’s role as that of a “chief operational officer.”

Rouse had been assuming this expanded role for several weeks, and Daley decided to make it official on Monday, a source said.  This does not mean that Rouse will assume responsibility for running day to day operations at the White House, the source said, insisting that Daley would continue to run the 7:30 a.m. meeting for top senior staff, the 8:15 a.m. expanded senior staff meeting and all meetings when President Obama meets with his senior advisors.

Rouse will oversee internal communications and operations, the source said.

President Obama felt that White House operations needed to improve, so Daley set out to try to do that, the source said.  So many quickly-developing issues required someone to better monitor how the White House handles each one, making sure that responsibilities are delegated and every division within the White House -- the national security staff, communications, the economic team -- is keeping all the others informed.

The value in having Rouse assume responsibility for this, sources said, is that Rouse is regarded as a master of operations -- smart, effective and low key.

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White House Transition: Rahm Emanuel Out, Pete Rouse In

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama announced Friday that his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, will leave Washington to run for mayor of Chicago. The president named senior advisor Pete Rouse as his interim chief of staff.

"This is a bittersweet moment," the president said, as he praised Emanuel, adding that "we could not have accomplished what we accomplished without Rahm's leadership."

Rouse brings to the job over 30 years serving as a chief of staff to various members of Congress, including former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. Rouse's influence and experience earned him the nickname The 101st Senator.

Rouse brings a low-key temperament, in contrast to Emanuel's hard-charging style, which administration officials say will suit the White House well at this point in time.

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President Likely To Name Pete Rouse As Interim Chief Of Staff

Photo Courtesy -- The White House | Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- Although the White House has not yet confirmed it, it is expected that upon Friday's likely announcement that current White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will leave his role, Pete Rouse will be named Emanuel's replacement on an interim basis. 

However, there is speculation that President Obama might choose another candidate to replace Emanuel.  It is still possible that Ron Klain, Vice President Biden's chief of staff, may have a chance at the role.  A White House source said that Deputy National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, another possible replacement, will likely stay with the National Security Staff. 

Despite the possibilities for replacement alternatives, however, the White House press secretary did say Thursday, "Pete has been with Senator-elect, Senator, President-elect, and now President Obama." 

Gibbs added, "There is complete loyalty and trust with somebody like Pete.  Pete's strategic sense has played a big part in the direction of virtually every big decision that's made inside of this White House.   So I think the type of trust that the president and others throughout this administration have in Pete is enormous.”

As reported earlier, ABC News has learned Emanuel's announcement will be made in the East Room of the White House, where President Obama will name Emanuel's successor.

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