We were a little worried that the whole, West Wing reorganization thing would drag on like the Afghan war strategy, with months of meetings and hand-wringing and the drip-drip-drip of suspiciously sourced micro-scoops about who was in and out.
But there is movement! President Obama today ended less than a week of speculation by naming Bill Daley his new chief of staff. The move was reported last week by Bloomberg. Pete Rouse, the acting chief of staff, moves into a counselor to the president job.
"Few Americans can boast the breadth of experience that Bill brings to this job," Obama said in the East Room. "He will bring his tremendous experience, his strong values and forward looking vision to this White House."
Staffers at the brief event gave Rouse a lengthy standing ovation. For his part, Daley said he was "honored" by the opportunity and looks forward to getting back into government.
"This team will not let you down or the nation," Daley said.
So -- the White House is back at work (see photo). On Friday, Obama will announce new members of his economic team (Gene Sperling?) and hopefully soon, a new press secretary.