What it’s like to be a White House chief of staff — what some call the second-most powerful job in the US

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The White House chief of staff translates a president’s agenda into reality — and as a result, some consider it the second most powerful job in the White House.
In his book, “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chief of Staff Define Every Presidency,” Chris Whipple explores the power the position holds, and how the chief of staff can help determine how successful a president is.
He says when government fails, it can often be traced to the shortcomings of the chief of staff.
It is also a relentless job. Former chief of staff Dick Cheney believes it led to his first heart attack, and Obama’s former chief, Bill Daley, says he came down with shingles because of the stress. 

The following is an excerpt from “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency” by Chris Whipple:

“Every president reveals himself,” says historian Richard Norton Smith, “by the presidential portraits he hangs in the Roosevelt Room, and by the person he picks as his chief of staff.” See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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