Bruce Reed will be Vice President Biden's new chief of staff. He was a senior aide to President Clinton and a leader in centrist Democratic policy circles. Does this bode ill for liberals' agenda?
Signs of warming relations between the White House and business community continued Tuesday as Thomas Donohue, president of the US Chamber of Commerce, applauded recent moves.
Obama has named economist Gene Sperling as head of the National Economic Council. The president has made other moves to patch up relations with the business community.
Obama brings aboard William Daley, a moderate Democrat and fellow Chicagoan, as his new chief of staff. Daley, seen as a tough but fair manager, could help White House ties to the business community.
Robert Gibbs will leave the post of White House press secretary in February. But he will remain an adviser to President Obama, in addition to joining the speaking circuit.
Obama achieved several legislative victories just before going on vacation. But with a GOP-led House vowing to target 'ObamaCare' and government spending, difficult battles await.