President elect Obama, has chosen a rather “intense guy” to be his Chief of Staff. Rahm Emanuel is known as “Rahmbo” on Capital Hill, for his love of theatrics, and dramatic ways of getting his point across. Straight out of a scene from Godfather, Rahm Emanuel once mailed a dead fish to a Democratic Pollster he was mad at. YIKES!
A student of ballet, Rahm Emanuel has shown a flair for theatrics over his years as a Democratic operative. His fancy dancing has been anything but delicate, however.
Upset with a Democratic pollster during a long-ago congressional race, Emanuel mailed him a big dead fish. Outraged over what he regarded as disloyal Democrats during Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign, he stunned dinner companions by rattling off names of the offenders, each time stabbing the restaurant table with a dinner knife and shouting, “Dead.”
This is one way of expressing the “fierce urgency of now.” Emanuel embodied that phrase years before the man he will serve as White House chief of staff, President-elect Obama, popularized it.
“Rahmbo” is said to have mellowed over the years, but that’s relative. That’s from a starting point of pugnaciousness the likes of which even the hardened politicos of Washington don’t see every day.
Emanuel, who turns 49 on Nov. 29, grew up in the ritzy Chicago suburb of Wilmette, the son of an Israeli physician who moved to the United States. In a what he recognized later as a boneheaded move, the son of a doctor avoided the hospital for several days after cutting off part of his middle finger of his right hand while working in a restaurant. Infection set in, and he said he almost lost his arm, if not his life, during weeks in the hospital.
His brother Ari is a Hollywood agent and the inspiration for Ari Gold, the Type-A superagent on the HBO series “Entourage.” The congressman himself has been cited as an inspiration for presidential aide Josh Lyman on the drama series “The West Wing.”
Wow, he sounds like a very charismatic and interesting guy. LOVE IT! In other political rumors, John Kerry may be chosen as Secretary of State. I’m sure President Obama owes John Kerry a BIG thank you. John Kerry chose Barack Obama to speak at his 2004 Democratic nomination. Now four years later, he’s our new Prezzie. Awesome!