Although no final decision has been made because of family considerations, ABC News has learned that White House officials are preparing for Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to announce on Friday -- as Congress adjourns for recess -- that he is leaving his post to explore a run for mayor of Chicago.
White House officials expect that President Obama will also name an interim chief of staff, perhaps senior adviser Pete Rouse, at the announcement.
There will be an emptiness in the heart of firebaggery. They'll have to find another boogie man to kick around for traffic bumps. And just when many of them figured out that there's only one "m" in Emanuel. (Okay, I admit it. That was really crotchety, but it's early and I'm hungry.)