This much is true: The Obama White House will never be the same.
Blunt, outspoken, hyper-aggressive chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is leaving. He'll be replaced, at least for now, by Pete Rouse, whose demeanor is the exact opposite of Emanuel's quiet, soft-spoken, self-effacing.
Rouse, who has served Obama quietly for years, has expressed reservations about doing the job for very long. But if asked by the President to stay on for the long-term, Rouse would likely do so.
“There’s a complete loyalty and trust with somebody like Pete,” says White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.
The President, Emanuel and Rouse will meet reporters in the East Room at 11am Eastern. The White House is billing it as a "personnel announcement."
10:00AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
11:05AM THE PRESIDENT makes a personnel announcement
Open Press (Pre-set 10:05AM – Final Gather 10:35AM – North Doors of the Palm Room)
11:30AM THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of State Clinton
2:00PM THE PRESIDENT attends Justice Kagan’s Investiture Ceremony
Travel Pool Coverage (Gather Time 1:10PM – North Doors of the Palm Room)
3:20PM THE PRESIDENT receives the Economic Daily Briefing
4:00PM THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of Defense Gates