White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel Stepping Down
The departure of Emanuel, one of President Obama's fiercest allies, had been expected amid rumors that the blunt-talking former Chicago congressman will run for mayor of his hometown. Emanuel played a key role in the passage of Obama's health care reform bill and earned a reputation as a bare-knuckled political operator. Republicans loathe him, and even some Democrats have been on the receiving end of his prickly personalty and partisan outbursts.
Prior to working for then-Senator Obama, Rouse was a top aide to former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, who was defeated in 2004. Since then, Rouse has been a trusted adviser to Obama, though he is little known outside Washington, D.C.
Emanuel, who made over $16 million working for Wall Street firm Wasserstain Perella from 1998 to 2002, is widely believed to be planning a run for mayor of Chicago, after Richard Daley (D) announced earlier this year that his would conclude his long tenure in that position.