Obama’s chief of staff

Now that Obama is The President-elect he’s putting together his staff. NPR’s Day to Day is reporting that Rahm Emanuel is being considered for Chief of Staff.  

Rahm Emanuel (born November 29, 1959) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 2003, representing Illinois’s 5th congressional district, which covers much of the north side of Chicago and parts of suburban Cook County.

Emanuel was chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for the 2006 elections. After the Democratic Party regained control of the House, he was elected as the next chairman of the Democratic Caucus. He is the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House, behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Leader Steny Hoyer and Whip Jim Clyburn.

Emanuel is noted for his strong style and his fundraising prowess.[1] He is the co-author, with current Democratic Leadership Council President Bruce Reed, of the 2006 book, The Plan: Big Ideas for America. He is a member of the New Democrat Coalition. On November 5, 2008, he was reportedly offered the position of Chief of Staff in the Obama administration.[2]

This is an interesting choice as Emanuel was never a big Obama supporter, and apparently sat on the sidelines out of defference to the Clintons. I believe he served in the Bill Clinton Admin.

Also, Emanuel’s strategy for campaigning ran counter to Obama’s 50-state strategy, which was Howard Dean’s idea. Emanuel’s strategy was more old-school, focusing only on the races “that Dems could win.” Yes, well….

In the end, really both strategys were put into play, which was possible because of all the money that Obama was able to raise by — wait for it! — opting out of public funding!


8 responses to “Obama’s chief of staff

  1. So much for any ongoing illusion of bipartisanship. Rahm Emanuel is a brutal and hyper-partisan political street fighter with a strong hatred of Republicans.

  2. Well, look who just caught up. Was your stay in PollyAnna Land a nice one?

    But that’s what you get when you foist a fucker like W. on the country!

    Suck it! Suck it hard!

  3. It safe to say, you reap what you sow (sp?). Whatever the hell that means.

    It’s also safe to say that bitter partisan that are you automatically assume that because Obama is considering Emanuel that he is not going to be bipartisan in his cabinet appointments. Did you seriously believe that he was going to pick a Republican?

    Beyond that, instead of just bitching about the apptoinment, why not make a suggestion?

    Furthermore, inform me of any Dems that W. had in his cabinet? I seem to be drawing a blank.

    You might not believe it, but I’d actually like to hear one or two of them.

  4. TOday, I heard a pundit say he (Obama) had slipped on his first banana with this selection. How did I not know the tide would turn to this kind of crap the second he got elected.

  5. Where did you get the idea that I would expect that- , hope for-, or think it advisable for Obama to pick a Republican as his White House Chief of Staff?

    There are presumably a host of Democrats that Obama could have approached for the position. Instead Obama chose a Democratic Party “attack dog” who is well known for both “slash & burn” political maneuverings and a hyper-partisan attitude to fill this key position and help him choose the rest of his advisers.

    THAT is what doesn’t bode well for any hope of reaching across the aisle or Obama’s being an American President as opposed to a liberal Democratic Party President.

    You may be right – we may be reaping what we have sown – you’re spelling was spot on, BTW – but do you favor 4 or 8 years with as partisan of an administration as we’re just ending? Again, is it safe to assume then that you favor a revenge-motivated agenda in the coming years?

  6. Well, if there are presumably a host of Dems that Obama could select, then presumably you could name at least one. Yet you do not. Not to mention you do NOT back up your accusations about Emanuel being an “attack dog” that uses “slash and burn” tatics. So I’m going to go ahead dismiss that out of hand. But you go ahead and keeping barking about.

    I’m also going to go ahead guess that nothing Obama does will bode well as far as you are concerned.

    To answer your questions I favor 4 to 8 years of Obama, who can only raise the status and prestige of the US from the gloomy depths that W. has sunk it.

    Assume all you want. You’ll have to. Because I’m not answering that assertion. There is no point, since you’ve clearly already made up your mind.

    W. had his time. That time is coming to a close, thank dog. And now it is the new Presidents time. We move on from there. No doubt heading toward a better place.

  7. I heard that too, Jen. But it wasn’t a big one, I don’t think. And it certainly won’t be the last one.

    Of course mistakes and gaffs will be made. What counts is how Obama and his administration handle them. He has proved that he is a focused, disciplined guy, and will learn from his mistakes.

    Also, thought many believe that the leak of Emanuel’s name was a slip, I can’t help but wonder if perhaps it was intentional, just to see how it would fly. Perhaps not.

    In any case, things are moving forward for the better, despite the nay-saying.

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