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Rahm Emanuel Goes to Movies, Picks Bad Seat

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel's attempt to be somewhat normal and go to the movies this past Saturday turned into a real drama.

As Politico's Ben Smith just posted, Rahm picked the worst seat in the house for an evening showing of "The Wrestler" at the E Street Cinema downtown.

"The guy sitting next to Rahm -- literally sharing an armrest with him
-- had a seizure of some kind," a moviegoer tells Smith. "Rahm used
some vulgarities to impress upon the movie theater staff -- who wanted
to move the guy out of the movie theater so they could restart the
film -- that they should wait until EMS got there."

Emanuel, who went to the movies with a Secret Service agent, waited for EMS to arrive. His spokeswoman, Sarah Feinberg, says the theater eventually restarted the movie, and Rahm stayed and watched.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 23, 2009; 2:30 PM ET
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I think you'd be well advised to either rewrite this tabloid-esque article using actual the actual facts available, or just delete it. Especially considering this post on Politico:

"I was sitting directly behind Rahm and the guy who had the seizure at the E Street theatre. This story Politico is reporting is wrong. No theatre staffer suggested the guy move, nor did Emanuel use any "vulgarities." On the contrary, he was extremely calm and kind to the guy, who was at the theatre alone and kind of embarrassed to have ruined everyone's movie. The audience members seated near the man (including Emanuel) jointly found a doctor, got the guy water, called an ambulance and everyone was very patient and understanding. Why publish a *****y character-slam that's not true? Is this high school or real journalism?"

Posted by: ShakeAppeal | February 24, 2009 1:46 AM | Report abuse

This is the second WP story in as many days that I have read that has proven to be full of sensational writing, having little to do with facts. Does Murdoch have to dumb down and ruin every newspaper he touches? Is he from Mars or what? Guess I'll stop receiving my daily email news update from the WP as I feel the truth is lacking now in the Faux News world of Murdoch sorry

Posted by: mjimih | February 24, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Your article needs to be thrown in the trash can and you need to be fired!

Posted by: louise2001 | February 24, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

"Rahm used some vulgarities to impress upon the movie theater staff -- who wanted
to move the guy out of the movie theater so they could restart the
film -- that they should wait until EMS got there."

This is a character slam??? Sounds to me like Rahm acted in a calm responsible way. Has everyone become so sensitive and protective of the people they support that nothing can be said about anything. No reasonable person should take this as an attack on Rahm Emmanual.

Posted by: saw1 | February 24, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Why let the truth get in the way of a good rumor? Well, maybe if you get paid to tell the truth. Will any apology(ies) be forthcoming to all involved included gullible readers?!?!?

Posted by: rrice1 | February 24, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

He used vulgarities to try and stop employees from booting out a man who had a seizure until the ambulance arrived?

Sounds completely justified to me, if it actually did occur. Well done, Mr. Emanuel.

Posted by: Cameronhrussell | February 24, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Since Macchiavelli wasn't showing anywhere in the District, Rahm was taking tips from Mickey Rourke?

Hope he doesn't copy Rourke's wardrobe or haircut.

Still, a nonstory, except that Rahm has enough free time to sit through a movie twice. Doesn't square with the skeds we're used to from West Wing.

Posted by: bulldog6 | February 24, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

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