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Rahm Emanuel Mulling Obama Job Offer

Rep. Rahm Emanuel talks with then-Sen. Barack Obama at a Chicago 2016 Olympic rally at Daley Center Plaza in Chicago. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

By Chris Cillizza
Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House, is strongly considering an offer from President-elect Barack Obama to serve as White House chief of staff, according to Democratic sources.

Obama's offer comes less than 24 hours after he scored a sweeping victory over John McCain -- racking up 349 electoral votes (and counting).

Even before Obama had secured the presidency, rumors that he would choose Emanuel ran rampant among the political chattering class.

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We vote for change and we get a gratuitous Iraq war apologist and the Democratic Leadership Council controlling
access to the presidency?

Posted by: rosaluxen | November 6, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

The bum's rush will be on. Transitioning to DC? Need a place to live? I have an awesome place available, near Metro, parks, and more.

And the phone number for the transition headquarters is 202-540-3000. The official website for the transition is and it will be live later today.

Posted by: tom_t | November 6, 2008 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Shame on Obama for offering one of the most important job to Cheney's cousin. This job requires sophistication and finesse and non-prejudiced positions, none of which Rahm Emanuel has.

Posted by: kohsar240 | November 5, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Strange choice - like picking Dick Cheney's second cousin. Rahm is a pit bull with cheap cologne when what's needed is a finesse player. I guess we are starting to see the real Barack - a machine politician.

Posted by: truthbomb | November 5, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

No. Emmanuel is responsible for stifling dissent within the Democratic party vis-a-vis the Iraq occupation. He is divisive and opportunistic. I'm sure he's of much use to a campaign, but we don't need any more or that type of garbage in the White House.

Posted by: skipper4 | November 5, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

This guy has a reputation of not "meeting people half way" "its his way or the highway...which seems odd that obama would pick him after saying its "time for a change",..."come together"...not a good sign of things to come...

Posted by: speedo1 | November 5, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I am NOT sure the validity of this article. When your president gives the honor to serve, you rise to the challenge. You accept the job and serve your country. I am pretty much sure Emanuel understands that. He’s a capable and able patriot.

Posted by: JHigginss | November 5, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Mention Israel or Jewish lobby group, you are racist, anti-semitic. This is horrible. The condition and environment Zionists have created is soft dictatorship in the US. AIPAC itself has admitted the power and reach it has with politicians in Washington and the media, unlike any other lobby group. AIPAC is bad filter bluring Washington's view of the world. If we can't stop Jewish lobby group, then expect the flame burning in middle east. No way I am advocating the abondonment of Isreal by the US, rather we need a balanced view of the situation not influenced by hate group called AIPAC. Please don't forget about Iraq burning and US with it, all because of Jewsih intellect group called neocons which is an important of AIPAC.

Posted by: kohsar240 | November 5, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Aside from being a Chicago buddy and a suitably tough personality for a position that requires toughness, I suspect this choice was made as an olive branch to Jewish fringe voters who thought the job would go to someone in the bin Ladin family.

Posted by: MBene | November 5, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Rahm Emanuel COS- Nothing says, we are staying in Iraq and continuing the war on the Muslim world like appointing an ex-Israeli soldier your no 2. So so glad as a hard leftie I knew that this was not change to beleave in, and its gettng proven right already.

Posted by: alex35332 | November 5, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm strongly considering reconsidering him

Posted by: aussiebones | November 5, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

R.E. was made for that job!

Tough, scrappy, knows Washington, I seriously can't imagine a better pick for the person who has to tell world leaders and powerful congress members when they get to see the President.

He is fierce but knows his place. Great first pick!

Posted by: farkdawg | November 5, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

It is legitimate to comment on the Emanuel Rahm offer because it is, to my knowledge, the only one that has been announced so far. So Inthenews, you need to be keep accusations of anti-semitism to yourself. I am so tired of having any kind of discussion stifled by people like you. If this report is true, it is worrisome that such an important position is going to a war hawk and someone who is so pro-Israel that he would volunteer to serve in the Israeli army. Or can't we mention that, either?
If Obama nominates Dennis Ross for any kind of Middle East related position, you know that AIPAC has completely controlled him. Anyone who bothers to read the accounts of the negotiations that happened during the Clinton years comes to that conclusion; then there is the tell-tale sign of this guy going from an administration position to WINEP, the far-right Zionist organization.
Yes, we care about the appointments that Obama makes; since he is charming as hell but also so establishment, we will be watching and commenting and we have to apply pressure, too. Too many people were appalled by the prospect that we might have a McCain-Palin administration that they put all their weight behind Obama without making a single demand. That has to stop; otherwise, we will have only ourselves to blame for an establishment president who happens to be black.

Posted by: idaaudeh | November 5, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse


Ensuring the civil liberties of all Americans, and weeding out prejudice within the federal government, must be a top priority of the new administration -- as the comments here so graphically demonstrate.

The free ride for the forces of hate and extremism, hiding behind programs to "keep America safe" must come to an abupt end.

Perhaps one of the first executive orders of the new administration should be mandated sensitivity training for all federal personnel, and a refresher course on the meaning of the U.S. Constitution.

All federal departments should be screened for policies and ongoing operations that are violating the civil liberties of American citizens.

Again, the sentiments expressed in this thread demonstrate the urgency of this mission.

And wrongdoers should be brought to account before the bar of the law.

BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not when government-supported extrajudicial "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:


Posted by: scrivener50 | November 5, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

The comments of Koshar240 strike me as racist and anti-Semitic. Having a well-balanced discussion of the Middle East is certainly a legitimate and worthwhile endeavor. However, Koshar240 has simply described rumors about "Jew lobby groups" and their "access to media." Despite the fact that Rahm Emanuel is Jewish, why would you choose to discuss Israel as an issue? Do you really think that AIPAC is subversively planting Rahm Emanuel into the White House to do the bidding of the Jews? Do you really think that President-elect Obama is being duped and pressured into selecting someone solely so that he can then push a particular Israel policy? This focus on Israel to the exclusion of dozens of other policy or political angles is exhausting and inaccurate. I am not even Jewish, but I find these kinds of comments very misinformed and based at perpetuating incorrect stereotypes about the power of Jews on the media and politics. Do you think that Jews have any more power than, say, the African-American constituency, or the Blue-collar Catholic constituency?

Posted by: Inthenews | November 5, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Who gets State? Richardson?

Posted by: jrob822 | November 5, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Look people, we know how Jewish lobby group has access to media and that maybe at work here. Before even Obama has had time to consider the post, AIPAC preemptively is putting out false information of Rahm Emanuel's selection as his chief of staff. This is a tactic to put pressure on Obama to consider him. I think AIPAC is already upending another chance to shape American foreign policy that is sensible, balanced and in the interest of US and the world.If Obama drowns under the influence of Jewish lobby group, then I am sadden and I will never expect change in Washington.

Posted by: kohsar240 | November 5, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

After happy hour comes this grim news. I just hope Obama does not surround himself with Jew lobby groups like AIPAC and Rahm Emanuel. This is not to say Obama should forget Israel. I hope Obama puts lots of effort and energy into bringin peace between Arabs and Israel and considers Israel as his first major foreign policy. But it should not be done through the lobbying and influence of Jewish lobby groups. If Obama picks Rahm Emanuel, then expect business as ususal.

Posted by: kohsar240 | November 5, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Emanuel had the reputation of being a vicious political infighter when he worked for Bill Clinton. Don't expect him to build any bridges.
Emanuel's support for the Iraq War probably had more to do with the security of Israel than it did the United States. Remember that Obama announced he would offer Emanuel the job a week before the election, right after McCain tried unsuccessfully to obtain the videotape of Obama's remarks at a send-off party for a PLO associate. This was an obvious ploy to allay the restive Jewish vote. I suppose we can now expect Obama to dance to the Israel Lobby's tune as much as McCain was willing to do, which will mean four more years of gridlock in the Middle East peace process, and,perhaps, war with Iran.

Posted by: johng4 | November 5, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

your cynicism has grown strong during the last 8 years....dont worry, it'll be alright...

Posted by: padre123 | November 5, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

This will be the worst pick since sarah palin - this guy is a rabid, partisan, deceitful pig.
If what you say is true, I fail to understand why those who saw Cheney fail think they will succeed, utilizing the same mindset, and tactics.

Isn't that obvious?

Mostly, I feel sad for those who really dont understand how Washington works, in terms of graft, little pretentious egos pushing for selfish control at the expense of the welfare of the American people, and therefore, America.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | November 5, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

If people are interestered in THE NEXT ENERGY CZAR -- great article on the top choices (including Al Gore and The Governnator, Arnold Schwarzenegger) at

Since energy will likely be the first item that Obama tackles (it's the safest politically) this is a VERY VERY important posting.

Posted by: leed1 | November 5, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

This will be the worst pick since sarah palin - this guy is a rabid, partisan, deceitful pig. Baracks pledge of non-partisianship just went aground!! Four more years of grid-lock and then someone new. His presidency didn't even last 24 hours

Posted by: ross4 | November 5, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I truly hope that this is just a rumor being promoted by the Hillary Clinton camp


Oh, man, me too.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | November 5, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I truly hope that this is just a rumor being promoted by the Hillary Clinton camp. Rahm Emmanuel is not a friend of Barak Obama. He voted for the Iraq War and urged other Democrats to do so, as well, not because it was the morally correct thing to do, but because it was politicaly expedient.
Rahm Emmanuel has insulted and belittled Howard Dean, the DNC, and the 50 state strategy that was integral to the victory of Obama last night. Emmanuel is a self promoting jerk who took credit for Democratic victories in 2006 which were actually the result of Dean's foresight and hard work.

I hope that all the money I donated and all those phone calls and canvassing I did for Barak is not going to result in Rahm Emmanuel at the elbow of the next president. That sure wasn't what I was working all those months for.

Posted by: smeesq | November 5, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but just because he's "strongly considering" doesn't make him a jerk, and no, you don't have to just say "Yes, sir... of course."
Representative Emanuel has every right to think that he might not want to put up with the pressures or the time the job would entail, not want to put up with the bureaucracy, or might simply think that he can be more effective in the House than somewhere else; after all, you don't know who would take his place in the House if he gave up his seat.

Don't forget, for all the people that thought Colin Powell should run for president, Mr. Powell decided not to, for personal reasons. Representative should have the same right to decide if Chief of Staff is what he wants to do, and not have to decide in short notice.

Posted by: Dungarees | November 5, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I would really like to see this happen. Rahm Emanuel would be an excellent CoS. The White House would work like never before.

The "Change We Need" indeed.

Please take the job Mr. Emanuel.

Posted by: jwallace1 | November 5, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Take the job, you rock.

Posted by: lndlouis | November 5, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

He is "strongly considering"? Who is this jerk? When Obama asks you if you want a job, you say, "yes, Sir."

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | November 5, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

The only reason I wouldn't want Rahm to take the job is because I want to see strength deployed as broadly as possible, and he's very damn strong right where he is.

Posted by: Attucks | November 5, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the fourth ranking Democrat in the House, is strongly considering an offer from President-elect Barack Obama to serve as White House chief of staff....

Sorry, Rahm, but when your President calls, you say Yes Sir, of course I'll take the don't "strongly consider".....

Posted by: MajorConfusion | November 5, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

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