Skip to comments.Wrong Chicago Guy Resigns from White House
Posted on 01/10/2012 5:22:21 AM PST by Kaslin
In a trade that made a lot of sense for Democrats, Chicago Mayor Richie Daley decided to take a powder as Mayor-for-Life in October 2010, while Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel succeeded Daley as mayor of the big, broken city by the lake.
The player to be named later in the trade was William Daley, Richies brother. Bill Daley took Emanuels place as chief of staff with the charge to be the White Houses bridge to the business community. The Obama administration was hoping that Daleys business savvy would help them repair a rocky relationship with big business- and with Republicans.
Its the kind of forward looking vision that less powerful dictators, like Moammar Gadhafi, could only hope for.
The Daleys, after all, made quite a life for themselves in Illinois peddling influence on both the right and the left, making sure everyone- Democrats and Republicans and legitimate businessmen who just happened to own garbage trucks, parking meters and the occasional, hidden, video poker machine- got their share.
But the trade now is officially a bust.
While Rahm cruised to an easy victory as head of the Democrat patronage army that today goes by the name of Chicago, there has been no cruising for Daley or Obama.
The trade was a bust for both Daley and the White House because Daley couldnt do his job.
Between a GOP Congress that refused to cut deals and an Obama administration that refused to cut regulations, Daley had trouble dividing the spoils for Obama and Republicans. Turns out Congress doesnt run on garbage trucks and parking meters.
So, the White House announced yesterday that Daley was leaving his post as chief of staff only one year after accepting the post. That hes leaving in the middle of a presidential election year, tells you all you need to know about Chicagos view of Obamas chances on the second go round.
I mean, they dont call them wise guys for nothing.
Daley likely got tired of the left hand of Obamas administration not knowing what the other, radical left hand was doing.
By June of last year the Washington Post reported that Daley couldnt even defend the policies of the Obama administration.
At a meeting with business leaders, Daley could only offer a mea culpa for the administrations anti-business and anti-jobs policies without promising any remediation.
From the Washington Post:
At one point, the room erupted in applause when Massachusetts manufacturing executive Doug Starrett, his voice shaking with emotion, accused the administration of blocking construction on one of his facilities to protect fish, saying government throws sand into the gears of progress.
Daley said he did not have many good answers, appearing to throw up his hands in frustration at what he called bureaucratic stuff thats hard to defend.
Sometimes you cant defend the indefensible, he said.
For Daley, the days of defending the indefensible have drawn to a close sooner rather than later.
While Daley already pre-announced that he would not be returning for a second Obama term, the president was surprised when Daley decided to speed up his departure by a year by handing Obama his resignation last week. Given 24 hours by Obama to think about withdrawing his resignation, Daley stuck to his guns and quit.
For the Obama administration, its the latest crisis in a presidency thats turning out to read more like a mini-series than a history.
Id like to say that the country will be worse off without Bill Daley in the White House. He at least knew the difference between the defensible and indefensible. But I lived way too long in Chicago to have rose-colored glasses on about Bill, Richie or any other Daley.
The best I can say is that if I had to pick a Chicagoan to leave the White House, it wouldnt be Daley.
“Bill Daley took Emanuels place as chief of staff with the charge to be the White Houses bridge to the business community.”
Never thought of the White House Chief of Staff position as the bridge to the business community, but thinking back on Donald Regan’s memoir, perhaps it is.
It is also, apparently “Chief Scapegoat”.
Wow, I love this guy’s writing!
It's a justified dig at Daley but it also applies to Obama, whose juvenile worldview is city-scale at best.
To have this happen in an election year - did ya notice how this got very little play in the MSM? If this were Bush’s Chief of Staff they would have all needed to change their panties because their glee would have caused them to mess themselves.
I don’t watch the LSM, but it does not surprise me
You can befriend him in FB if you want to
Thanks, I just might do that.
WWBDD? What will Bill Daley do? Readers offer their ideas.
January 11, 2012
President Barack Obama, a stranger to these lands of late, returns to Chicago on Wednesday to pick up oodles of ridiculous political cash from rich people in private so he can demonize other rich people in public and play the reformer.
And so, I asked my Facebook friends the all-important question:
What Will Bill Daley Do?
Will he come back home by us over by here and park in a big comfy chair, so Mayor Rahm Emanuel can climb up and sit in his lap and make decisions about how to run Chicago?