A Quiz for Would-Be Appointees
I'm puzzled about something.
Suppose there's an historic election at a difficult time in your country's history, and the winner decides he needs your help. The president-elect, eager to make a fast and smooth transition, calls you and says: "Please be my White House chief of staff."
a) Yes, sir!
b) I'm honored, but it's not the right position for me now.
c) Hmmm. . . lemme get back to you.
I would have thought that the only possible responses were (a) and (b). Apparently, though, Rahm Emanuel, the Illinois Congressman, picked (c). I heard on NPR this morning that he's talking Obama's offer over with his family. Puts his would-be boss in
a rather awkward position, no?
Another prospective commander-in-chief might have interpreted even momentary equivocation, much less hours of semi-public mulling, as a sign of effrontery. Fortunately
for Emanuel, that doesn't seem to be true of Barack Obama.
This is not a terribly big deal in the scheme of things, and it looks like a resolution, probably involving Emanuel's acceptance, is in the offing. Still, Obama's election was not exactly a surprise. How come this wasn't already a done deal?
UPDATE 12:32 p.m.: Emanuel Accepts
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