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Will Obama call in a Daley to try to salvage the next two years?

David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett, left

In an obvious effort to broaden the representation of Chicagoans and former Clinton aides in his administration, President Obama has reportedly begun talks to bring William Daley into the White House as a top assistant, possibly even as chief of staff.

Obama's first chief of staff was Rahm Emanuel, a former House member from Chicago's North Side who has returned to Chicago to become mayor.

He can do this because Richard M. Daley, the brother of William Daley, has decided to retire this winter from his City Hall political throne where he's run the Windy City's vaunted Democratic machine for a generation, or about as long as Richard J. Daley, the father of Richard M. and William.

Neither of the Richard Daleys nor William Daley should be confused with Valerie Jarrett, who was City Hall chief of staff for Richard M. and once hired Michelle Robinson as an aide. She....

...went on to become Michelle Obama and then first lady of the United States and hired her Chicago friend and fundraiser Desiree Rogers as social secretary before leading Chicago's delegation to Copenhagen to not capture the 2016 Olympics.

Rogers, however, comes from a different faction of the Chicago party than Jarrett, so she eventually had to go. But everyone should know that it wasn't Rogers' screw-up over letting into the Obamas' first state dinner that annoying Salahi couple, who are luckily not from Chicago or they might have trouble with garbage collection, among other city services.

Another top Obama aide, David Axelrod, is also from Chicago.

He covered this crowd for the Tribune there before entering political consulting and helping elect many Democrats all over. But Axelrod did not help Rod Blagojevich, the impeached Illinois Democratic governor whose father-in-law is a powerful city alderman and who used to hold the North Side House district that Emanuel inherited. Axelrod, who's already begun planning Obama's reelection campaign, will return to Chicago in time for the Sox opener.

So, Obama will be down a couple of Bulls fans. Enter William Daley, the 62-year-old executive with JP Morgan Chase & Co., who could help Obama repair frayed relations with the business community in time for 2012 fundraising. As Democrats go, Daley has a reputation as much more of a political centrist and pragmatist than the ex-state senator.

And, oh look, as it happens Daley, like Emanuel, worked for President Bill Clinton, who has a reputation as much more of an engaging politician than the current Oval Office occupant. Daley served Clinton as secretary of Commerce.

Hopefully, any upcoming Obama news conference with the former Commerce secretary will not be marred by what happened to Daley at this 1996 White House event when Clinton announced his new Cabinet members.

In this C-SPAN video below here, keep your eyes on Daley. He's the bald Chicago-looking fellow standing behind Bill Richardson's shoulder. (Or watch the video over here.)


-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Pete Souza / White House (Valerie Jarrett, left, and David Axelrod).

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This is really becoming quite funny. Such inbreeding inevitably leads to disaster.

Hiring "another" Chicago mobster is JUST what the country needs. This is another example of Obama's "cluelessness". His appointments have all been Israeli dual-citizen Zionists, the worst in history, and look what they've done to the country. Obviously, Obama is incapable of SEEING the damage his appointments have wrought. May this add to all the other "uneducated guess" appointments and finally cost him 2012.

Per the "White House Insider" Obama's has turned the presidency over to Jarrett, since all he wants to do is vacation, golf, and "campaign". The country did NOT elect Jarrett, and we're "sorry" Obama got elected.

Another crook from Chicago. We need to impeach the radical Obama.

He's got to take care of his corrupt buddies!

Yea, So.

How else can Obumbler maintain a corrupt administration?

hmmm, Daly decides not to run for mayor, Rahm decides to run, then Daly gets a white house job offer. Doesn't anyone else smell payoff?


Meet the new Boss. . . Same as the old Boss. . .

O THE WEAK-KNEED REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRAT…..TO ALL THE COMMUNIST IN THE IG,FBI,CIA,AND U.S. Senators and the left wing media outlets…..Wake up america!!!! This goverment is the most corrupt we have had in years. The good old boy network is very much in charge.Mr. obama and pelosi are the puppet masters.How many of their good friends benefited by the agreement ” what a farce. All of the u.sSenators voted for this. I am ashamed to say I voted for the these corupted self serving politicians.With good reason they picked an out of towner to be president.All u.s departments need an overhaul. We need to rid ourselves of the puppet masters and the dept heads that bow down to obama and pelosi.I am sick of the lip service I have been getting from these dummies over violations, their friends are getting away the goverment . Barack Hussein Obama , threatens friends and bows to Mmslim.
INPEACH OBAMA ,GOD OPEN YOUR EYES.For us there are only two possiblities: either we remain american or we come under the thumb of the communist Mmslim Barack Hussein OBAMA. This latter must not occur. I love communist obama.will you , aka red ink obama.Is Barack Obama pushing forward dangerous policies that are bringing the United States closer to a socialist dictatorship. Are you even aware? The end of america,The commander

FTA: "Obama's first chief of staff was Rahm Emanuel, a former House member from Chicago's North Side who has returned to Chicago to become mayor."

Uhhh, Hmmmm, don't we need an election first, before you crown Ramn Mayor ?

and the band played on....

Since this ship of fools and miscreants were installed, there has been an air of corruption in the white house at every level - why stop now. 2012 cannot come fast enough.

Another documented thief into the fold.

"We the People" must stand firm against the Regime. The 2011 lies have already started spewing from the Regime, libs and the state run media.

The corruption continues unabated!

uhhh, how is recruiting another corrupt politition going to help obummer salvage his corrupt administration?

We could use more people from Wall Street "influencing" (i.e., determining ) this President's economic policies. Seems like the economy is doing just fine for the top 10%.

Dont tell me Obama is about to enlist the service of governor Judas !The Clintons wont take that lightly,unless he becomes the sec. of state,Biden is
finally dumped at long last and Obama abdicates in Hillary's favor.

When Bill Clinton and his wife appeared before congressional investigations. There answers were "I can't recall", "I don't remember". Anything but responsible. The next best answer is , I miss judged a appointment. They hire only crooks and garbage to be what they are, and then plead the stupid act. For those dum enough to believe. Hitler was a loser and only hired losers, the losers were hired only to destroy. Then if investigated, to be the fall guy. Everything Hussain touches is meant to destroy. He needs the losers to do the dirty work, like czars, perfect cover for the damage done to the country. Hitler's orders were spoken and in almost all cases countered by other orders. Pres. Hussain share alot with Hitler, Hitler couldn't leagally be chancellor, he was an austrian citizen.Hitler was a loser,and effeminate, he didn't have a full set. Hussain hasn't won anything that wasn't fixed. Neither could tell the truth. In history only Hitler and Hussain are spending money the same, mass murder and war is how the bill got paid. Death Panels is not health care. Hitler had his too.

what a funny article to read. just got through the second sentence and couldn't stop laughing. didn't read any further but was wondering if the author of this article is on drugs? please read the second sentence again. i thought rahm returned to chicago to run for mayor. guess it depends who you are as to whether you run for mayor, or just get to be mayor.

Bring the mob in. Wall Streeters, same thing.

He’s been President for 2 years now: if you’re liberal and continue to believe Barack Obama stands behind all your principles and is the savior of the progressive movement, or conservative and are still clinging to the caricature of him as a “Socialist Marxist anti-American terrorist sympathizer”…it’s about time both sides of the aisle grow up:

After 2 years: The REAL Obama Can Now Stand Up


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