Emanuel’s departure — and Rouse’s ascension to the job, on a temporary basis — have been widely expected.
In an odd exchange with reporters on Thursday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs would say only that Obama will make a “personnel announcement” Friday morning in the East Room.
“The president will have a personnel announcement tomorrow and at that point he will deliver that news,” Gibbs said when pressed by reporters about the nature of the announcement. Obama will make two announcements, he added, presumably that Emanuel is out and Rouse is in.
Gibbs then went on to praise Rouse, without ever confirming that he’s in line for the job. “The type of trust the president and others in the administration have in Pete is enormous,” Gibbs said.