View Full Version : Rahm Emanuel expected to quit White House due to too much idealism to deal with in 'inner circle'

Magda Hassan
06-21-2010, 01:06 AM
Can't be too disillusioned if he is waiting that long.


Rahm Emanuel expected to quit White House

Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, is expected to leave his job later this year after growing tired of the "idealism" of Barack Obama's inner circle.

Washington insiders say he will quit within six to eight months in frustration at their unwillingness to "bang heads together" to get policy pushed through.

Mr Emanuel, 50, enjoys a good working relationship with Mr Obama but they are understood to have reached an understanding that differences over style mean he will serve only half the full four-year term.

Friends say he is also worried about burnout and losing touch with his young family due to the pressure of one of most high profile jobs in US politics.
"I would bet he will go after the midterms," said a leading Democratic consultant in Washington. "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."
An official from the Bill Clinton era said that "no one will be surprised" if Mr Emanuel left after the midterm elections in November, when the Democratic party will battle to save its majorities in the house of representatives and the senate.
It is well known in Washington that arguments have developed between pragmatic Mr Emanuel, a veteran in Congress where he was known for driving through compromises, and the idealistic inner circle who followed Mr Obama to the White House.
His abrasive style has rubbed some people the wrong way, while there has been frustration among Mr Obama's closest advisers that he failed to deliver a smooth ride for the president's legislative that his background promised.
"It might not be his fault, but the perception is there," said the consultant, who asked not to be named. "Every vote has been tough, from health care to energy to financial reform.
"Democrats have not stood behind the president in the way Republicans did for George W Bush, and that was meant to be Rahm's job."
There were sharp differences over health care reform, with Mr Emanuel arguing that public hostility about cost should have forced them into producing a scaled down package. Mr Obama and advisers including David Axelrod, the chief strategist, and Valerie Jarrett, a businesswoman and mentor from Chicago, decided to push through with grander legislation anyway.
Mr Emanuel has reportedly told friends that his role as White House chief of staff was "only an eighteen month job" because of its intensity.
Regarded as the most demanding after president, it involves controlling the president's agenda, enforcing White House message discipline as well as liaising with Congress.
His departure would regarded as another sign of how Mr Obama's presidency has been far more troubled than expected.
Mr Emanuel has privately expressed a readiness to run for mayor of Chicago, which is also his home town though he was never part of the Obama set and did not endorse the then senator in the Democratic primary in 2008.
That would however depend on Mayor Richard Daley stepping down when he is up for re-election in 2011.
The chief obstacle to taking the White House job originally was doubts about moving his three children from Chicago. According to another former Clinton official, he has let friends know that he is "very sensitive to the idea that he is not a good father for having done this".
One of Washington's more colourful characters, Mr Emanuel is the son of Jewish immigrants and was an accomplished ballet dancer at school. He served in the Israeli Defence Force in the 1991 Gulf War.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.


Peter Lemkin
06-21-2010, 04:30 AM
What idealism?!?!?:bebored:

Magda Hassan
06-21-2010, 05:46 AM
Yep. It's something of a mystery to me too Pete.

Helen Reyes
06-21-2010, 12:33 PM
I would venture Rom the Space-Knight means despite the goals set out at the beginning, CIA agents Barry H. Soetoro and Hillaria Rodham Clinton have been unable to implement anything on the practical level. "We have the technology to make it better than before, to create the world's first Abionic Ocean!" Rodents fleeing sinking oil platforms etc.

Nathaniel Heidenheimer
06-22-2010, 02:20 AM
I knew this was going to happen before November. When you don't give your base even a breadcrumb, what else is there but a timely exodus upstairs..with phone numbers.

Helen Reyes
06-22-2010, 03:35 PM
It really does just sorta say "one term" in a hoarse whisper, doesn't it?

Keith Millea
06-22-2010, 05:08 PM
Ok,here's my theory.Remember the last time Net-An-Yahoo came to visit?He gave Obummer a kick in the shins,because he's not totally in the pockets of Israel.

Rahm is a Hillarian(lovin' it Helen) Clinton backer.She has already said she is stepping down after the first term,meaning she expects to run for Prez. again.

So things are lining up now for the Ultra-Israel party to take over the Presidency of the USA.Yeah,you betcha.........:shakehands:

Myra Bronstein
06-23-2010, 05:01 AM
I assume he's leaving for other reasons but the official spin is that the Obama regime is too idealistic, thus programming the sheeple to think of Obama as progressive even though his policies are the same as Bush. It's like that oft-repeated meme about the "liberal media." People hear it over and over and accept it as fact.

Magda Hassan
06-23-2010, 06:52 AM
It really does just sorta say "one term" in a hoarse whisper, doesn't it?Sure does.:goodnight:

Ed Jewett
06-23-2010, 06:53 AM
... and Chelsea's marriage is coming up. Will the groom's father be in attendance?