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If Rahm quits, what will become of the 'West Wing' White House?

By Alexandra Petri

Has the Obama administration jumped the shark?

For years, it has earned the trust and forbearance of the coveted 18-24 demographic through a very simple deal. We knew our part of the bargain -- we’d watch Oval Office speeches, chuckle at the White House correspondents' dinner roasts, listen politely to discussions of health-care reform -- and Obama's staffers knew theirs: pretend to be the live-action Josiah Bartlet administration, as portrayed from 1999 to 2006 on "The West Wing."

Now it seems as though they are forgetting their side of the deal. When we agreed to let the occasional gaffe slide -- such as their mysterious inability to resolve the Middle East situation in a single episode -- they knew what we required in return. A short, cantankerous chief of staff with a colorful personal background. A former professor president with a flair for giving speeches. The occasional crisis, resolved efficiently within the course of a season, before the public tired.

Now look at this mess.

Oil continues to spill into the gulf, generating huge volumes of oil-related coverage and reproachful-looking pelicans, the dramatic underwater-claw solution failed, and President Obama is wandering around looking for an "ass to kick" between bouts of golf. This is not what President Bartlet would have done. He would have spoken reasonably to the oil and persuaded it to go back into the earth, leaving only an apologetic note and some blueprints for efficient windmills. Thus curing the energy crisis, he would have walked back to shore on the water while trumpets blared. This is what we have come to expect, and the Obama administration is not delivering.

And now there’s a rumor that Rahm is leaving? This is nearly as depressing as the season-four finale!

Where are we going to find another chief of staff who inspires his own breed of fangirls? When Andy Card was in office, no one felt the slightest desire to compile an anthology of photos in which he appeared to gaze longingly at the president, or coin Chuck-Norris-esque phrases such as “Rahm Emanuel doesn’t sleep. He waits.” Now, the word is that he is retiring -- a word seldom associated with Emanuel. What if he’s replaced by a boring policy wonk who quotes OMB reports at cocktail parties and still has all his fingers? This is unacceptable.

So is Rahm really leaving, or is this just sweeps week? It’s time for this administration to get back to acting like "The West Wing" and stop this nonsense. Let a few weeks pass as Rahm weighs the pros and cons of leaving, culminating in a quiet confrontation in the Oval Office in which the president says something wise that is also a parable, while stirring music plays in the background. “Thank you, Mr. President,” Rahm will say, tears glittering in his eyes, before he returns to his post and the credits roll.

And while we’re at it, we should do something about this oil spill.

By Alexandra Petri  | June 21, 2010; 12:04 PM ET
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Good. I hope it's true. Obama never should have chosen that Zionist prick for any cabinet position and that includes white house janitor.
Rahm Emanuel is a joke. He has continually worked to undermine the Progressive movement and is one of the primary reasons the Public Option is as weak as it is.

Now let's see if Obama has the balls to put Dr. Dean or someone with similar resolve in his place.

FOAD, Rahm.

Posted by: captainkona | June 21, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

So Rahm's a nasty little piece of work huh? Just remember who chose him.

Posted by: thebink | June 21, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

RAHM DON'T QUIT!! LET THEY SCREAM!! YOU VERSES PALIN-MORE THAN SLAM DUNK-SLAP DOWN BABY!! THAT IS BRAIN AGAINST GRAY MATTER FRIED. THAT WOULD BE FIRE AGAINT DRIP!!! THEY ARE KIDDING RIGHT???? CHILDREN PLEASE AND THAT AIN'T WHAT WE SAY IN THE HOOD???

Posted by: Scar1 | June 21, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

PALIN VS. RAHM-CHILDREN PLEASE AND THAT AIN'T WHAT WE SAY IN THE HOOD??? THAT WOULD BE SLAM DUNK WITH A TWIST SLAP DOWN FOR REAL.

ARE YOU GUYS SERIOUS?? PALIN AIN'T GOT A CHANCE OR GRAY MATTER IN HER BRAIN TO CHALLENGE RAHM EMANUEL. LEAVE OUR BROTHER ALONE-PALIN GO SKIP ON THAT OIL SLICK IN ALASKA THAT YOU NEGOTIATED ON WITH OIL INDUSTRY-SKIP, SKIP NOW!!

Posted by: Scar1 | June 21, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

BE NASTY RAHM-IT TURNS DEMS ON-GO RAHM!! WE SUPPORT NASTY AND YOU, A GOOD PERSON THAT DOES NOT TAKE CRAP-LIKE THAT!!

Posted by: Scar1 | June 21, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

WEST WING?? "THEY WILL MOUNT UP ON EAGLES WINGS AND FAINT NOT" PSALN 96 AND HIDE UNDER THE SHADOW OF HIS WINGS.

AIN'T EVEN WORRIED WASHING POST STAB YA IN THE BACK REPORTERS!! AMEN! GOD WILL DELIVER FROM EVIL AND ARTICLES ABOUT BABIES, PALIN, LIMBAUGH, STEELE AND WEST WING. GLORY! NO WEAPON FORME SHALL PROSPER!! NONE!! AMEN!! AND MR. PRESIDENT GO HAVE FUN-PLAY GOLF, BASKETBALL, FOOTBALL AND LISTEN UP: HINT: KICK BALL!!! SCREW IT. WHEN IN THE HELL DID YOU COMPARE TO HAYWARD AND BP. THEY ARE FULL OF SH,I,T!! YOU GET THE MONEY AND THEY CAN'T TAKE IT!! AND WAIT ON THE LORD-WATCH HIM AT WORK. CAT 5 AND IT IS ALREADY HOT-AUGUST DOG DAY COMING AND IT WILL BE HOT AS HELL!! SOME REAP WHAT THEY SOW!!! YOU AND RAHM CHILL-GOD GOT THIS!!

Posted by: Scar1 | June 21, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

THAT IS PSALM 96 FOR YOU CRITICS. FREAK YOU TOO!

Posted by: Scar1 | June 21, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of freaks, scar1 you are certainly one! Obummer can't get rid of emanuel, no one would be our dear leader's puppet master, so Obama wouldn't know what to do or say.

Posted by: madmike272 | June 21, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Um, guys, lay off the caps locks.

And the Everclear.

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Posted by: sallyworking2006 | June 21, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

I support President Obama, but....I will shed no tears if Rahm Emannuel and by extention Mr. Messina, decide to leave the White House, and I suspect there are many in the Democratic Party who will share my feelings. Rahm has overplayed his hand when he convinced the President to get involved with State Democratic Primaries such as Penn. and Colorado. Goodbye!

Posted by: Tommytoons | June 22, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

If Rham quits , Soros can take over.

Posted by: joanz3 | June 22, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I am not a fan of Rahm Emmanuel...and I care not whether he stays or leaves....but I will say he is a far more savvy and intelligent individual than Obama. Rahm Emmanuel was an important force along with George Soros' money in putting the incompetent individual that is currently the president in office.

Posted by: Keeptrying | June 23, 2010 1:21 AM | Report abuse

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