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Rahm Emanuel

politician, investment banker, White House Chief of Staff
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Israel Emanuel (born 29 November 1959) is an American politician and the 55th and current Mayor of Chicago. He has been White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama, a senior advisor to President Bill Clinton and a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Illinois's 5th congressional district.


  • I have a lot to weigh: the basis of public service, which I've given my life to, a career choice. And most importantly, what I want to do as a parent. I know something about the White House. That, I assume, is one of the reasons that President-elect Obama would like me to serve. But I also know something about what it means to a family.
  • You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. … This crisis provides the opportunity for us to do things that you could not before. This quite has erroneously been credited to Mr. Emmanuel was originated by Sir Winston Churchill and copied in both medical and political examples since his first usage.


  • Rahm Emanuel is son of the devil's spawn. He is an individual who would sell his mother to get a vote. He would strap his children to the front end of a steam locomotive.
  • With Rahm, you get someone who is both a great strategic thinker and a great tactician. It's great to have someone who knows the Congress inside and out. There can often be major differences between the executive branch and the congressional branch, even when you're from the same party. It will certainly help in terms of getting things done.
  • This is an ironic choice for a president-elect who has promised to change Washington, make politics more civil and govern from the center.
  • (Mother's Day) is a tough holiday for Rahm Emanuel because he's not used to saying the word "day" after "mother".
    • President Barack Obama, during the 2009 White House Correspondents Dinner. [3]

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