Obama taps foreign policy advisor as new chief of staff
APWASHINGTON -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday that his new chief of staff is longtime foreign policy adviser Denis McDonough, who has played a key role in all of the major national security decisions of his presidency, including the end of the war in Iraq, winding down the war in Afghanistan and responses to natural disasters in Haiti and Japan.
January 27, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
McDonough would replace outgoing chief of staff Jack Lew, who has been nominated as Treasury Secretary.
McDonough's place in Obama's inner circle was illustrated during the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May 2011. He is among those whose images are captured in a well-known White House photograph seated in the situation room with Obama and other senior officials watching the raid unfold.
McDonough, 43, becomes the latest link in a chain of staffers elevated to key roles in the Obama White House following years of service within the president's closely guarded inner circle.
“The president trusts him — perhaps more than anyone else in the White House. And I think he knows the president's mind perhaps better than anyone else in the White House,” said John Podesta, who served as President Bill Clinton's chief of staff and co-chaired Obama's transition team.