Is Rahm Emanuel a Micromanager?
By Ben Pershing
Is Rahm Emanuel a micromanager? For your consideration, three stories:
Story No. 1, by Howard Kurtz in today's Washington Post, chronicles Emanuel's constant outreach to the press, noting that he returns phone calls and serves up quotes for even the most routine stories. "Perhaps no White House chief of staff in modern history has worked the media as aggressively and relentlessly as Emanuel," Kurtz writes.
Story No. 2, by Matt Bai in the June 7 issue of The New York Times Magazine, covered the Obama administration's relationship with Congress as it seeks to pass health care reform. "Obama's aggressive courtship of Congress is plotted and directed by Emanuel," Bai asserts. He adds that "Emanuel has taken an unusually personal role in handling Congress," that he keeps track of which members come to the White House for social events and that he personally harassed lawmakers to vote for Obama's budget and stimulus package.
Posted at 4:11 PM ET on Jun 23, 2009
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