Emanuel In As Obama’s Chief?

Barack Obama‘s wasting no time assembling his White House team. ABC News reports this morning that the President-Elect has asked Congressman Rahm Emanuel to be his Chief of Staff:

Emanuel, a knowledgeable source tells ABC News, has not yet given his answer. The sharp-tongued, sharp-elbowed, keenly intelligent veteran of the Clinton White House is said to have ambitions to some day be Speaker of the House. But he also has a keen sense of “duty.”

Today on “Good Morning America” ABC’s George Stephanopoulos reported Obama likes the fact that Emanuel “knows policy, knows politics, knows Capitol Hill” and has told associates that Emanuel would “have his back.”

Rumor has it the men will make the announcement later this week.

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  • Paul Raposo

    I wonder how many LGBTQ’s will be in his cabinet. Guaranteed Obama “lost” Barney Frank’s phone number just before giving his acceptance speech.

  • gkruz

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

  • John

    Obama could do a lot worse than Emanuel. The congressman has been a friend to the LGBT community. He was probably one of the most liberal members of the Clinton White House. The character of Josh Lyman on the West Wing was based on him.

    Besides, would you rather have Emanuel (secular Jew) or one of Obama’s homophobic “preachers” as Chief of Staff?

  • Marty

    Emanuel can have my back anytime he wants to.

  • Puddy Katz

    There is something really sexy about Emanuel. It’s not just the dark Sephardic good looks, it’s the intelligence, cockiness and energy.

  • gkruz

    “Besides, would you rather have Emanuel (secular Jew) or one of Obama’s homophobic “preachers” as Chief of Staff?”
    What’s it matter when the homophobic preachers got his ear? And Emmanuel is not a secular Jew, he’s Orthodox. He’s also such a Zionist that he served as a civilian volunteer with the Israeli, not the US Army. He made millions as an investment banker (you know, one of those Wall Street bastards who tanked the economy), and voted for Bush’s war. A religionist, a militarist, an imperialist, and a capitalist. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

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