Nightly News   |  January 09, 2012

Changes in the West Wing

NBC’s Chuck Todd discusses the resignation of White House chief of staff Bill Daley.

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>>> there is more political news to report tonight. it comes from the west wing . there's been a change the a the top there. our chief white house correspondent and political director chuck todd , also in new hampshire tonight, has more on the news today out of washington. chuck, good evening.

>> reporter: good evening, brian. what happened here is, of course, chief of staff bill daley , who had already seen some of his duties trimmed back. he's been chief of staff one year and three days, but after the entire debt ceiling debacle, budget negotiations that never came to fruition, he had a deputy chief of staff take over the day-to-day duties. i'm told bill daley , home for the holiday, decided maybe it was time to go now. he already said he was going to go at the end of 2012 . maybe time was now to issue that resignation. he did it. the president at first refused it last week, then bill daley said, no, he wanted to leave, so they announced it today. we don't know the motivation why they wanted him to stay, if it had more to do with not having one of these stories go public. replacing jim daley , budget director jack lew who will not be involved in the campaign, but doing more of the management of the government side of the white house through 2012 .

>> chuck todd , part of our team in new hampshire. we'll see you up there tomorrow