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Story Time With Zeke Emanuel

There's a reason they call him the nicest Emanuel brother.

I was in the limo on the way to pick up my brother and on the phone with my youngest daughter. Truth be told she taught me how to knot a regular tie. Well, my father had taught me way back when, but for years I was knotting ties like a left-handed Israeli. What did my father know? He is an Israeli and never learned how to do it properly, and he passed on his ignorance to me. My youngest, however, learned through the Internet and taught me--properly. That's how it is in the modern world.

So I'm in this limo, and my daughter is on the Internet trying to talk me through knotting a bow tie. Failure. I get to my brother's hotel, hoping he will know. After all, he is a suave Hollywood type who has to dress up like a penguin a lot. But he has already left for dinner. There I am in a tuxedo, bow tie dangling, and the dinner is yet to come.

What to do? I ask the hotel's concierge if there is anyone who can help me. "Sure, go to the bar and ask for Carlos."

Carlos, a middle-aged, Hispanic bartender, takes me--a Jewish, over-educated, Administration official (in the lingo of the press)--back into the kitchen. His hands twist and twirl and the bow tie is tied perfectly. It's as if a Boston Brahmin had done it. Isn't America great?!

Full story -- including Emanuel's advice on how to get a good dinner at a fundraiser -- here.

By Ezra Klein  |  August 6, 2009; 9:33 AM ET
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"There's a reason they call him the nicest Emanuel brother."

Well, that's the soft bigotry of low expectations again. In comparison to Rahm Emanuel, almost everybody will look like a saint!

Posted by: Gray62 | August 6, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Yes, stories like this make you want to fall in love all over again. Is it just me, but I do get the sense that folks are pretty pleased with prez's pick for chief of staff.

Posted by: CorkExaminer | August 6, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

"I do get the sense that folks are pretty pleased with prez's pick for chief of staff."

I hate that foul-mouthed centrist intrigant. And I sure am not the only one.

Posted by: Gray62 | August 6, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

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