West Wing Shuffle: Pete Rouse Steps In As Rahm Steps Out

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1||Pete Rouse will be stepping into the White House chief of staff role as current chief of staff Rahm Emanuel departs Washington to run for mayor of Chicago. Rouse has worked with Obama for years, starting as a top Senate aide. ||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

2||Rouse joined Obama’s team after his former boss Tom Daschle (D-SD) lost reelection in 2004, the same year Obama won his Senate race. He helped Obama make the decision to run for president.||Pete Souza/Chicago Tribune/MCT&&

3|| ||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

4||Rouse is known for a subdued working style that’s the opposite of Emanuel’s.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

5||April 15: President Obama delivers a birthday present to Rouse, who has been a senior advisor since Obama was sworn in.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

6|| Rouse has roots in Alaska and has worked with candidates there, earning Sarah Palin’s ire.||Pete Souza – White House via CNP&&

7|| In making the announcement today, Obama said there’s a West Wing expression that if there is a problem, “Let’s let Pete fix it.”||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

8||Rouse earned the nickname ‘The 101st Senator’ when working on Capitol Hill. Insiders believe he can help Obama navigate Congressional relations, especially if Republicans take over the House.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

9|| Obama noted today Rouse is camera shy and, unlike Emanuel, “Pete has never seen or a microphone or a tv camera that he likes.”||CNN

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