Bill Daley to Leave White House After 2012 Election

Oct 11, 2011 6:57pm

White House chief of staff Bill Daley told NBC Chicago affiliate WMAQ today that he would leave his post in the administration after the 2012 election.

“I made a commitment with the president through his re-election, which I am confident he will do. Then my wife and I will be back in Chicago,” Daley said in an interview with reporter Mary Ann Ahern.

Obama appointed Daley to replace Rahm Emanuel in January after  Emanuel left the White House to run for mayor of Chicago.

“It’s been a great honor. The president’s a terrific guy to work with and work for. And he’s really a good person,” Daley said.

Asked whether he’s considering a run for office after he steps down, Daley said he had “no plans.”

“The beauty of this job, to be very frank with you, is it’s the only job I’ve ever had where I haven’t thought about what’s next,” he said. “It may be because it’s so consuming, there’s so much to do and be involved in and so excited. It’s just light years away.”

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