Monday, January 9, 2012

Riverdale resident Jack Lew to be named Obama's chief of staff

Riverdale resident Jack Lew will
be Obama's new chief of staff.
Reports are rolling in that Jacob "Jack" Lew is going to be named President Obama's chief of staff, replacing William Daley.

Lew, an Orthodox Jew, is currently the director of the Office of Management and Budget, a Cabinet-level position and a post he also filled during the Clinton administration.

He was previously Obama's deputy secretary of state.

Daley is leaving after just over a year on the job; he replaced Rahm Emanuel, who left the White House to run successfully for Chicago's mayor.

The shift from Daley to Lew will take place at the end of this month. Lew will complete the budget proposal and Daley will oversee crafting of the State of the Union address due in two weeks.

"I think the world of Jack Lew," Rep. Eliot Engel said in a phone interview, going on to list good trait after good trait about him. "Both as smart as a whip and as bright as can be. He’s a nice person and he interacts well with people. The president made a good choice."

We are going to have a full story on this in this week's paper, so make sure to pick up a copy Thursday.

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