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President Obama Considering Bill Daley as White House Chief of Staff

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sources tell ABC News that President Obama is considering naming former Secretary of Commerce Bill Daley as his chief of staff.

Daley, an executive with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., did not return a call for comment, and White House officials would not comment.

Former White House senior adviser Pete Rouse is currently serving as chief of staff, a position he said he did not want to do on a permanent basis. Sources said he and President Obama have yet to have a conversation about what to do going forward.

Daley, the son of legendary Chicago Mayor Richard Daley Sr. and the brother of the current mayor, is known as a hard-charging, no-nonsense executive. His brother Richie’s pending retirement set the stage for President Obama’s first chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, to leave earlier than had been planned to run for mayor.

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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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Who will Replace Rahm Emanuel?

Photo Courtesy - The White House(WASHINGTON) -- White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has not yet confirmed that he will leave Washington in the near future to run for mayor of Chicago, but the writing is on the wall.  As previously reported, an announcement is expected on Friday.  In the meantime, a host of names are being mentioned as possible successors, should Emanuel confirm his departure.  The person most often discussed, at least as the likely interim chief of staff, is White House Senior Adviser Pete Rouse.  He was chief of staff to Sen. Tom Daschle, when Daschle was Senate majority leader.  In that role, Rouse was so effective, he was often referred to as the 101st senator.  He and Daschle were so enamored with Barack Obama, that when Daschle lost his reelection bid, Rouse went directly from the majority leader's office, to become chief of staff to the newly elected Sen. Obama.  When Obama won the presidency in 2008, Rouse followed him to the White House and has helped the president navigate Washington and deal with Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Others listed as viable contenders include Vice President Biden's Chief of Staff Ron Klain, Deputy National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina, Senior Policy Adviser Tom Daschle, and Outside Adviser to the White House David Plouffe.  Several former Clinton chiefs of staff are also mentioned as possible replacements for Emanuel.  John Podesta is an Obama adviser and currently CEO of the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank.  Leon Panetta is the CIA Director.  Both are dark horse possibilities for President Obama, although neither is thought to have expressed interest in the job. 

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