Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell praised President Barack Obama on Thursday for choosing business executive William Daley to serve as White House chief of staff.
“I frankly think it’s kind of a hopeful sign,” said McConnell, who successfully negotiated a compromise with Obama in December to extend tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003. “He has a business background. As I used to say over the last two years: I don’t know if it’s technically true or not, but there’s nobody down at the White House who’s ever even run a lemonade stand, just college professors and former elected officials. This is a guy who’s actually been out in the private sector, been a part of business. Frankly, my first reaction is, it sounds like a good idea.”