White House Chief of Staff, William Daley, is resigning his post in the Obama White House at the end of this month and returning to Chicago.
What makes this story interesting is that Daley caught Obama by surprise with his resignation. In Washington, typically a resignation is a nice way of saying “you’re fired.” There are cases in which people serve for a predetermined amount of time and then that time comes. Daley had previously said he was committed to staying on through the 2012 election.
My hunch is that he say that it was going to be a particularly rough year, that Obama was going to get more nasty in his rhetoric (particularly about big business) and Daley wanted to maintain some credibility for his long term viability.
Most importantly, Chiefs don’t usually leave a campaign unless they think it’s a loser.