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Rahm Emanuel Becomes The Latest Obama Official To Leave White House

October 6, 2010 by  

Rahm Emanuel becomes the latest Obama official to leave White HousePresident Barack Obama named his new chief of staff on Oct. 1 following the long-expected departure of Rahm Emanuel.

The President appointed Pete Rouse, who was Obama's chief of staff during his Senate tenure, as the interim replacement for Emanuel, who is resigning to run for mayor of Chicago. According to, Rouse does not relish being in the spotlight and does not want the new position to become permanent.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs recently praised the former chief of staff for his service, saying that Emanuel has been "the energetic, inspirational leader" on Obama's staff.

Emanuel is not the first staff member to leave the White House. Christina Romer and Peter Orszag resigned from their positions on Obama's economic teams, while Larry Summers, his chief economic coordinator, will leave to teach at Harvard University at the end of the year.

According to, David Axelrod, the president's political adviser, and Robert Gates, the defense secretary, are rumored to be on their way out as well.

"This is a president who does his deciding alone, no matter how widely he consults. Just as well, perhaps. Mr. Obama faces the prospect of a lonely summer in 2011," the article stated. 

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