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New rumors -- and a sign? -- of Rahm's departure

The New York Daily News has a story this morning that Rahm Emanuel, the hard charging White House chief of staff, is ready to call it quits. Citing the London Telegraph, which quotes “Washington insiders,” it reports that Emanuel is “tired of sparring with both Republicans and fellow Democrats and will quit in the next six to eight months.”

We here in Washington have been seeing, hearing and following this for a while now. But this latest report of Emanuel’s West Wing wanderlust comes more than a month after a key event in Rahm’s World: the departure of his chief of staff and long-time aide, Sarah Feinberg. She is now the head of Bloomberg LP’s Washington communications shop. When Feinberg’s new gig was announced last month, the White House pooh-poohed the idea that this signaled anything about Emanuel’s future. But as one of those “real” Americans I was talking to over the weekend pointed out, Emanuel would not let so trusted and essential an aide go if he weren’t planning his own departure and wanted to ensure that his people were taken care of before that day comes.

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 21, 2010; 9:04 AM ET
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Oh if it were true! What a glorious day that would be.

Posted by: sandnsmith | June 21, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

This article should have been entilted, "Rats Leaving a Sinking Ship".

Posted by: Bubbette1 | June 21, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Here is how obama and his buddy in Conn divy out the stimulus money


Here is how corrupt our politicians are this is a stimulus package and for guess who !!!!READ THIS IS FREAKIN UNREAL


With the support of Sen. Chris Dodd, D.-Conn., the federal government has awarded $54 million to Connecticut's politically well-connected Mohegan Indian tribe, which operates one of the highest grossing casinos in the U.S.

The tribe runs the sprawling Mohegan Sun casino, halfway between New York City and Boston, which earned more than $1.3 billion in gross revenues in 2009. Each tribe member receives a cut of the profits, a number a tribal official said was "less than $30,000" per capita per year. The stimulus money is a loan from a U.S. Department of Agriculture rural development program that is meant to help communities of less than 20,000 people that have been "unable to obtain other credit at reasonable rates and terms and are unable to finance the proposed project from their own resources."

THIS IS OUR SENATORS PEOPLE CROOKS THAT NEED TO BE VOTED OUT ALL OF THEM

Posted by: yourmomscalling | June 21, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Liberals will love to get rid of him in a cut your nose to spite your face kinda way. Not only is Rahm the architect of the current Democratic majority he seems to be the only one in the White House who knows what he's doing.

Posted by: bbface21 | June 21, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to Rahm! He's a snake in the grass, much like James Carville. With the conservatives hopelessly outnumbered and a sympathetic ear in the White House, the last thing we need are DLC bluedog DINOs in charge. Obama may not have intended to implement a progressive agenda when he came into office, but the fanaticism on the right and disastrous events on the home front have forced his hand and I believe he'll do the right thing in his way, in his time.

Posted by: dnahatch1 | June 21, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

One has to remember the function of a Chief of Staff. It needs to be someone who the President can completely trust, and the position requires someone who can be part administrator and part hatchet man. The position also requires someone who is thick skinned and who can take the heat.

Posted by: FredinVicksburg | June 21, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Phone records show Emanuel called Blagojevich on four successive days in late summer 2006. One message indicated the subject was the school. Repeated phone calls between Emanuel's and Blagojevich's staff followed the next week.

Shortly thereafter, the money started flowing, and the $2 million was paid by December. There was never a fundraiser.

Posted by: Phil5 | June 21, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Rahm will take his brother Zeke with him. They can start a firm offering their services to carry out their vision of a health care system that terminates those they don't consider "worthy" or able to "contribute". Oh, that's right... Obamacare already codified Death Panels into law.

Posted by: oldno7 | June 21, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight.

The NY Daily News is citing the Telegraph which is citing "anonymous sources" who inexplicably went to a conservative-leaning British paper instead of, say, the NYT, the Post, or even something like the WSJ, Fox News, or the Washington Times, to spread a "rumor" of a White House Chief of Staff leaving his post after 2 to 2.5 years--normal for that job, which usually burns through people every couple of years, either because they can't keep up the pace or because they lose political capital, but regardless it's a normal phenomenon. Then this item gets picked up by a Washington Post blogger.

If anyone ever wants to see how a non-story becomes a story, study this.

Posted by: dkp01 | June 21, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Any chance we can get Rahm to take Barack OilBama with him? Together they can start a rather lucrative lobbying firm.

Posted by: edwhite3 | June 21, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

His talents were not utilized effectively, and had they been this Titanic of a nation would not be speeding at full speed towards the iceberg.

Posted by: hakafos44 | June 21, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

He was always part of the problem not the solution. Also get rid of that hack that use to be Baucus' aid as well. They are both ballast that needs to be chucked overboard.

Posted by: atroncale1 | June 21, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight.

The NY Daily News is citing the Telegraph which is citing "anonymous sources" who inexplicably went to a conservative-leaning British paper instead of, say, the NYT, the Post, or even something like the WSJ, Fox News, or the Washington Times, to spread a "rumor" of a White House Chief of Staff leaving his post after 2 to 2.5 years--normal for that job, which usually burns through people every couple of years, either because they can't keep up the pace or because they lose political capital, but regardless it's a normal phenomenon. Then this item gets picked up by a Washington Post blogger.

If anyone ever wants to see how a non-story becomes a story, study this.

Posted by: dkp01
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Or they can spend a day perusing through the politics/opinion section of the WAPO - this paper is becoming the master of it. It is like a bunch of beyotchy high school girls put on business suits and sat at WAPO cubicles all day, thinking up things to write.

Posted by: LABC | June 21, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Not only Rahm the Bomb, but all the Chicago crooks and thugs from the cesspool of politics should resign, notably Obama, Axelrod, and Jarrett.

Good riddance to bad rubbish.


Posted by: Jerzy | June 21, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Would that it were true that Emanuel is leaving. Don't think Obama could sink lower with a replacement but, hey, one never know what evil lurks in the heart of Obama.

Posted by: apdseal | June 21, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

"Oh, that's right... Obamacare already codified Death Panels into law."

uh-huh, and the Tea Party holds gatherings in which they messily devour babies, too.

Posted by: underhill | June 21, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

BHO has serious problems with the advice he gets. Or he gets the correct advice then ignores it because he knows everything anyway.

I vote for the latter.

The worst play he made was throwing the alt energy stuff into his national address on the oil spill. Another bad call for which he was roundly criticized.

I'll bet RE is secretly sick of him by now.

Posted by: bandcyuk | June 21, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Emanuel, Gates and Sumners, as a beginning, should leave. Let Obama be Obama as he presented himself as a candidate, not the tepid, incrementalist, neo-con in foreign policies, he has been as president.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | June 21, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Rahm is an effective chief of staff, especially when Obama rightly wants to play hardball with the Israel gov't. If the US gov't wants to stop sending money to Israel until Israel stops subsidizing West Bank settlements, then having RE as CoS protects from Obama being called antisemitic.

Posted by: cyberfool | June 21, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

next six to eight months?

That's an eternity in politics.

Report back when you have a shorter time frame, less than six to eight weeks, or days.

How many more such "trusted and essential an aide"s does Rahm have? When it is down to one, one can have a sigh of relief that the foul-mouthed one would soon go.

Good riddance.

Posted by: ashrink | June 21, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

LABC, I agree with you, but I think you just insulted beyotchy high school girls. Nobody deserves to be compared to a WP opinion/politics writer like that.

Posted by: dkp01 | June 21, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Rahm.

Posted by: Jihm | June 21, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

"...Rahm Emanuel would screw his mother, and then sell you tickets to watch...."

Eric Massa

Posted by: pgr88 | June 21, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Rats jumping ship. I have confidence he will be replaced with someone just as repugnant.

Posted by: BadNews | June 21, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

That would definitely be the first positive act by Obama.

Posted by: GordonShumway | June 21, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Rahm Emanuel : President Obama :: Helen Kushnick : Jay Leno.

Posted by: mattintx | June 21, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey Rahm! Take Axelrod with you!

Posted by: williepete1 | June 21, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

hmmmmmmmmmm...

could this have anything to do with the Blago trial?

there could be some embarrassing (wiretapped) conversations about to be aired in court in the Blago trial. not the sort of thing that would get rahm into legal trouble, but conversations that might prove embarrassing to obama nonetheless...

at least rahm knows what he's doing, which is more than can be said about some of the other white house advisors who are nearer and dearer to obama than rahm. you know, the ideologues.

Posted by: potomacfever00 | June 21, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Happy Day!
Oh, Happy Day!
When foul-mouthed Rahm
Went on his way!

(SING IT OUT, PEOPLE!)

Oh, Happy Day! (Oh, Happy Day!)
Oh... well, you get the message!

Posted by: georges2 | June 21, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Sadly it is probably already too late to do much good. Bush I waited too long to dump Sununu as well.

I personally started having grave doubts about what we had actually elected when Obama appointed him first shot out of the barn. It had echoes of the potentially disastrous move of having Jim Johnson, who destroyed Fannie Mae, as Chair of the VP search committee.

I had so much hope for Obama but the staff choices have been horrible. Larry Summers managed to get run out of Harvard for gosh sakes and that s not easy to do.

Posted by: SoCali | June 21, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Please do not get me this excited if it were not true. How wonderful. I am not a mean vengeful person but that little creep just rubs me the wrong way. I just cannot stand his smart mouth and radical ideas.
I cannot wait for these know nothings to be cleared our of office. One by one they are falling since the people are so fed up. These radicals have caused more damage in such a short time. We will be cleaning up after them for years. The crisis in the gulf and on the southern border were the last straws for me. Republicans, you had me at hello.

Posted by: greatgran1 | June 21, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Big rat, not the biggest, to jump the sinking Obama ship!

Posted by: houston123 | June 21, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Emanuel should've resigned his position a long time ago, but certainly in light of the latest events regarding Obama's pitiful stance against Israel. As a Jewish individual, he needs to leave as a matter of principle or he'll look more and more like an apostate every day.

Posted by: usmc93us | June 21, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

obama is about to intensify the regimes attack israel politically

so good for rahm to leave

even rahm is not a kapo

Posted by: ProCounsel | June 21, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Rahm is a scary dude, but Obama might pick something even worse for the USA now.
Maybe Rahm is getting out before newly seated officials call for an impeachment indicting him as well.

Posted by: dottydo | June 21, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Rahm is used to getting his way and Obama does not play ball that way listening to all then making a judgement. Rahm was probably the one that got the Goldman 2 headed monster of Bernanke/Geithner that have let big banks prosper while regionals have gone under forcing small businesses to use credit cards instead of loans for financing slowing the recovery. A harder line against Israel possibly having concessions go to the West Bank (They got zip for good behavior) starting talks of creating Palestine. Hillary wants that feather of peace to be her shining legacy and with NY's Jewish population having her back pressure on Israel can be ramped up. Possibly using the Polish missile defense in Israel is the carrot to get talks moving. Rahm's personal attacks does not suit the President and that more than anything will be cause for his resignation.

Posted by: jameschirico | June 21, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

while rahm is not a personal favorite
of mine

when obama and rahm have a private meeting
in the oval office

then rahm leaves the oval office

the average IQ in the oval office drops 95%

Posted by: ProCounsel | June 21, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

If he really is leaving, the president might want to post an ad in the (PLease) Help Wanted section, sooner rather than later.

This isn't the best time for staff changes.

Posted by: farnaz_mansouri2 | June 21, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

rahms "resignation/dismissal"

in november

will be just in time

for rahm to be the scapegoat

for the dem devastation

on nov 2 2010

Posted by: ProCounsel | June 21, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

The guy is the dictionary definition of a butthole

Posted by: longlivefleeciewool | June 21, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Rahm's departure means the advent of the most liberal, leftist, looney White House imaginable.

Posted by: hz9604 | June 21, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

HELLO!!! IF RAHM LISTENING-THIS IS WHAT THEY REALLY WANT YOU TO DO-QUIT!!! DO NOT FALL FOR THE CRAP!! YOU KNEW IT WOULD BE A HARD ROAD SO WHY NOW??

YOU ARE A FIGHTER. TIRED YOU MAY BE BUT, NO ONE SAID IT WOULD BE EASY OR YOU WOULD HAVE PLEASING EARS. THE SCRIPTURE SAYS "WHEN THEY SAY ALL MANNERS OF THING AGAINST YOU-DON'T RUN OR HIDE BUT, PRAISE GOD EVEN MORE-AMEN. THAT MEANS YOU ARE STANDING FOR SOMETHING AND VICTORY IS NEAR.

SO, HEAR OLD SCAR1. FIRED UP AND READY TO GO!! BUT, STAND STILL AND KNOW GOD IS THE BRIGHT AND MORNING STAR!!

AND, OF ALL PEOPLE WHOM GOD HAS BROUGHT THUS FAR, PRESIDENT OBAMA--THE BATTLE IS THE LORD'S. AGAIN THE BATTLE IS THE LORD'S. YOU ARE JUST AN INSTRUMENT. HE COULD USE AN A.S.S BUT LIKE SO MANY LEADERS HE SENT YOU!! YOU MAY NOT SEE THE MOUNTAIN TOP OR GAIN THE EARTH'S GLORY BUT, AGAIN STAND-THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS BUT, THE LORD'S. MEN HUMBLING THEMSELVES NOW. TROUBLE LIKE THIS DOES THAT TO A NATION OF SINNERS AND THE JUST SUFFER WITH THE UNJUST-PRAY ON!!

Posted by: Scar1 | June 21, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama is poison to a career or reputation.

Democratic incumbents are avoiding him like the plague.

The time for professionals in his administration to jump ship is now.

They don't want to be remembered as part of incompetent Obama's Administration when the November elections come around.

Posted by: bob59 | June 21, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Umm... no news here. Fact is, this is to be expected by those who have done their homework. Most chiefs of staff leave after a two-year stint. It is a very demanding job, will wear out the best of them.

Posted by: mm14 | June 21, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

The more independence from Israel the better for America and the world. However, considering the status quo it looks like a wishful thinking.

Faramarz Fathi

Posted by: frft5 | June 21, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

I have to laugh about all the stupid right wing comments here. How can people be so uneducated. Morons

Posted by: mackiejw | June 21, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

This article seems to attract all of the racists, Tea Baggers, and anti-semites to chant their personal mantras about the Administration and its personnel.

Personally, I hope Rahm stays for Obama's full 8 years!

How sad that you know so little about Washington and how power gets wielded, no matter which party is in charge.

Were you this upset at "W" and his band of liars, law breakers, and budget busters? Or did they get a pass from you because they were white, Christian, and sending feedral dollars to your favorite interest?

Posted by: DCBill21 | June 21, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Rahm Emanuel much like Larry Summers or Tim Kaine will never do anything to help progressives in the democratic party. Hope all three will go away and President Obama will embrace the issues that he ran his campaign on. Living wage, affordable health care, no more outsourced jobs. No more corporate pollution of our environment.

Posted by: fabricmaven1 | June 22, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

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