Thursday, September 30, 2010
Breaking News - White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to Resign on Friday
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is expected to step down tomorrow, and the resignation is expected to be announced by President Barak Obama at a press conference at 11:05 EST.
Emanuel is a longtime friend and supporter of Obama, but has caught a lot of flack because of his caustic nature and snappy way of talking to people. At a closed-door meeting in the White House with liberal activists, he called them "fucking retarded" for planning to run TV ads attacking conservative Democrats who didn't support Obama's health-care overhaul. You want feely-feely? You don't want Emanuel.
But that's not why Rahm is going on his merrily away . . .
As soon as Chicago Mayor Richard Daly III announced he wouldn't be running for re-election, Emanuel has been making google eyes at that position.
It's a known fact that Emanuel -- who had to resign his seat in the U. S. Senate representing the 5th Seat in Illinois -- was reluctanct to taking the White House Chief of Staff position was that he would have to leave his beloved Chicago.
Still no one can deny that Emanuel has done his job effectively, and has become known as one of the most effective White House Chief of Staff's in a decade. He will definitely be missed.
There's still speculation as to who will take Emanuel's place permanently, but it seems that White House Senior Adivsor, Peter Rouse will hold the position until a permanent Chief of Staff can be named.
Rouse was an advisor to former senator Tom Dachle, but when Daschle lost his relection bid, Rouse joined Obama's camp in 2004.