White House Staffing: Daley and Sperling Possible Additions

Jan 4, 2011 9:13am

 From Jake Tapper:

A senior White House official tells ABC News that President Obama has spoken to former Clinton Commerce Secretary Bill Daley about becoming White House chief of staff, though no final decision has been made.

ABC News can confirm that Obama administration official Elizabeth Warren, tasked with setting up the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will this week name Holly Petraeus to a position where she will work to protect military families from predatory lenders, as first reported by the Huffington Post. Petraeus is the wife of General David Petraeus, the US commander in Afghanistan.

Watch our GMA report here:

 

Two important conversations the president will have upon his return: with Pete Rouse, the interim chief of staff, and press secretary Robert Gibbs. It seems likely that both will find themselves working for the president in different capacities in the new year.

The first job decision to be announced will probably be Larry Summer's replacement as director of the National Economic Council. White House insiders believe Treasury official Gene Sperling has the edge over investment banker Roger Altman.

-Jake Tapper

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