Reports: Obama Settles on His New Chief of Staff Denis McDonough expected to be named within days By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Jan 16, 2013 7:05 PM CST 13 comments Comments Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough is expected to be the next chief of staff for President Obama. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (Newser) – President Obama's next chief of staff isn't exactly a household name, but he's long been a trusted adviser to the president: Politico and the New York Times say Obama will name Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough to replace Jack Lew. The Times describes him as an "intense, ascetic 43-year-old," adding: "A fervent Obama loyalist, Mr. McDonough has been immersed in every major foreign policy crisis and debate of the president’s first term, enjoying a degree of access and level of trust that goes far beyond his age or job title." Politico has a similar take: "McDonough has been involved in just about every major national security decision made by Obama since he took office, from the surge in US troops in Afghanistan to the launching of the commando raid that killed al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden." The National Journal says the pick will reinforce criticism "that Obama's governing style is too insular," given that it's yet another longtime insider moving into a key position.