ByÂ Julianna Goldman and John McCormickÂ -Bloomberg News
President Barack Obama is considering naming William Daley, a JPMorgan Chase & Co. executive and former U.S. Commerce secretary, to a high-level White House post, possibly as his chief of staff, people familiar with the matter said.
Such a move, which is still under discussion and which White House officials wouldnâ€™t confirm, would bring aÂ Washingtonveteran — and someone with strong business ties — into the administration as Obama enters the second half of his term. The president is faced with a Republican majority in the House of Representatives and is trying to accelerate the U.S. economic recovery while addressing the budget deficit.
Daley, 62, who typically responds to questions, didnâ€™t return two messages seeking comment left on his cell phone yesterday or a phone call to his office and an e-mail sent to him today. White House officials declined to discuss the matter.
â€œIâ€™m not going to comment on personnel speculation,â€ White House spokesmanÂ Robert Gibbssaid in an e-mail.
As he remakes his staff at the midway point of his presidency, Obama also is seeking to address complaints from some executives that the Democratic administration is anti- business. Daley is JPMorganâ€™s Midwest chairman and the bankâ€™s head of corporate responsibility.
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