Obama: New Chief of Staff Can No Longer Ride His Bike to Work

By Fred Lucas | January 25, 2013 | 2:31 PM EST

Denis McDonough. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama, who has pushed green policies and lower emissions, joked on Friday that his new chief of staff, Denis McDonough, will not be allowed to ride his bike to work anymore, as he apparently did as deputy national security advisor.

“Dad will probably have to stop riding his bike to work,” Obama said, addressing himself to McDonough's children as he announced McDonough's new job. “As chief of staff, I don’t think that’s allowed.”

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Obama named McDonough to replace Jack Lew, whom Obama nominated to be treasury secretary. McDonough was previously deputy national security advisor. When Obama made the announcement in the East Room of the White House, he talked about McDonough’s family.

“And this, of course, is reflected in his incredible love for his own family,” Obama said. “Kari, Addie, Liam, Teddy – I know that dad’s been at work a lot during the week and on weekends, but – and I guarantee he’d much rather be with you than with me – the next job that he’s going to have is going to be demanding, too, but the one reason he does this is because he wants to make sure that this world’s a better place for all of you.”