In the past, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has expressed an interest in being mayor of Chicago. The position will be open in 2011. If Emanuel leaves, it could have a knock-on effect.
Nearly two years into the Obama presidency – marked by a stubbornly slow economic recovery, two wars, and a big policy agenda – exhaustion levels are running high. And some top staff have made no secret of the fact they view themselves as short-timers. Mr. Emanuel has made clear in the past that the Chicago mayorship interested him, though there is still no word yet on whether he will resign soon and throw his hat in the ring before the Nov. 22 filing deadline.
Senior adviser David Axelrod, never a fan of life inside the Beltway, reportedly wants to rejoin his family in Chicago. Spokesman Robert Gibbs has long been rumored to be heading for an off-screen role as a presidential counselor, away from the nattering nabobs in the press room.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday on Air Force One, Mr. Gibbs didn’t speak to his own future, but suggested that a personnel shakeup was inevitable when asked about possible staff turnover.
“I don’t doubt that that will happen in – it will happen in this administration like it has in many of the previous,” Gibbs said.
“I will say, too, for those that were on the campaign, this is sort of the end of Year 4, not necessarily the end of Year 2,” he continued. “So I think there’s no doubt that there will be people that return to their lives and their families and – but we’ve got a while before that. We’ve got at least two months before this election – or about two months before this election before we get to a lot of those decisions.”