Rahm Emanuel to Quit White House

Monday, June 21, 2010


Washington insiders say White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, will quit within six to eight months.

Despite having a good working relationship with President Obama, they have reached an understanding that differences over style, frustration over policy and concerns over family mean he will serve only half the full four-year term.

According to a leading Democratic consultant in Washington:

“I would bet he will go after the midterms. Nobody thinks it’s working but they can’t get rid of him – that would look awful. He needs the right sort of job to go to but the consensus is he’ll go.”

The abrasive, vulgar, much-disliked Emanuel is expected to move on after the midterm elections in November.

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11 Responses to Rahm Emanuel to Quit White House

  1. Woodcliffe says:

    Rahm Emanuel is part of the Chicago mafia.

    His purpose at the White House was to threaten and intimidate fence-sitters and naysayers who might represent an obstacle to Obama’s agenda. But from everything I’ve read, Emanuel has only helped to burn many political bridges for the president.

  2. Joe in Colorado says:

    In Washington, the whole business of ‘optics’ matters more than substance inside the Beltway and as long as something looks a certain way, the mechanics don’t much matter. Many members of the Congress report stories of this little pipsqueak storming into their office demanding a certain vote. Little wonder President Obama has had problems with his own party. The sooner Rahm Emanuel is gone, the better for the president and for the American people.

  3. Prairiedog says:

    Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

  4. Brigadoon says:

    Rahm Emanuel is vindictive, pugnacious, petty and childish. He’s known for making homophobic jokes to staffers and many gay activists credit him to be the real reason Obama hasn’t moved on repealing DADT by this point. I predict a smoother ride for the Obama White House in the second half of his first term.

  5. fran says:

    I wish he’d do more sweeping administrative changes…. like lose Gates the warmonger, and whoever else is advising him on keeping old Bush policies like rendition, warrantless wiretapping, & crappy environmental programs.
    Obama has done very little he said he would do, other than escalate war in Afghanistan.

  6. Rachel says:

    I think Obama can do much better. Washington is full of talented, educated, well-liked men and women who know their way through the halls of the Capitol. I don’t think Rahm will be missed. He’s not terribly liked in DC.

  7. woyoyo says:

    What Prairiedog said.

  8. Jim says:

    Good news indeed!

  9. Matteo says:

    Maybe this is why Emanuel plans to resign?

    Rahm Traded Favors with Blagojevich

    http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local-beat/Rahm-Traded-Favors-with-Blago-Report-96812049.html

    Emanuel is viewed as something of a native son, his rise through the ranks of American politics celebrated by Israelis who reveled in details such as his childhood summers spent in Israel and his volu
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    President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, then a congressman in Illinois, apparently attempted to trade favors with embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich while he was in office, according to newly disclosed e-mails obtained by The Associated Press.

    Emanuel agreed to sign a letter to the Chicago Tribune supporting Blagojevich in the face of a scathing editorial by the newspaper that ridiculed the governor for self-promotion. Within hours, Emanuel’s own staff asked for a favor of its own: The release of a delayed $2 million grant to a school in his district.

    The 2006 discussion occured with Blagojevich’s top aide, Deputy Gov. Bradley Tusk, and doesn’t appear to cross legal lines; Emanuel couldn’t speed up the distribution of the funds. But it offers a peek at ties between two high-profile Illinois politicians — one now the president’s right-hand man, the other facing years in prison if convicted of political corruption.

    Discussion of the exchange could come up at Blagojevich’s corruption trial, currently under way in Chicago. Blagojevich, who is accused of plotting to profit by selling an appointment to Obama’s former Senate seat, also tried later that year to use the school grant in an extortion attempt against Emanuel, according to federal prosecutors.

  10. Bee says:

    Well, he won’t be terribly missed, that’s for sure, at least not by me. However, I really hope the Prez doesn’t pick someone even worse to replace him. That’s a very real possibility.

  11. He should never have been named CoS in the first place. But at least with his first staff pick Obama made it quite clear that “change you can believe in” was, in fact, just a good bumpersticker.

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