Jack Lew to Become Obama's Chief of Staff

January 9, 2012

President Obama promised on Monday that the White House will "not miss a beat" even though he was taken by surprise by the resignation of Chief of Staff William Daley and has had to turn to his third person in the post at the beginning of a critical election year.

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To replace Daley, the president turned to another Washington veteran, Jack Lew. Lew is the current director of the White House Office of Management and Budget and previously served as a top deputy to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. He also served as an adviser to President Bill Clinton.

While it had been known that the transition from Obama's first chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, had not gone completely smoothly, the president and all his top aides expected Daley to stay in his top post through the election and some upcoming battles with Congress. 

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