By Duane Lester • Nov 7th, 2008 • 89 Views
Rahm Emanuel has accepted the position of Chief of Staff for Barry. Here are a few more tid bits about “Rahmbo.” He was a senior adviser for the Clinton Administration through the 1990s. Following that, Bill gave him a nice cushy job with…Freddie Mac:
“Clinton’s going-away gift to Emanuel was a seat on the quasi-governmental Freddie Mac board, which paid him $231,655 in director’s fees in 2001 and $31,060 in 2000,” Lynn Sweet wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times on Jan. 3, 2002.
During Emanuel’s time with Freddie Mac:
Freddie Mac was accused of illegally using corporate resources between 2000 and 2003 for 85 fundraisers that collected about $1.7 million for federal candidates. Much of the fundraising benefited members of the House Financial Services Committee, a panel whose decisions can affect Freddie Mac.
The fundraisers were organized by then-Freddie Mac lobbyists Robert Mitchell Delk and Clark Camper, who described them to the corporation’s board of directors as “political risk management,” the FEC said.
That’s some good change there. Just the type of thing Obama voters were looking for, I imagine. And here’s a look at the idea of “bipartisanship” in the Obama administration:
At a dinner to celebrate President Clinton’s first election victory, Mr Emanuel began to name those who he believed had earned his enmity. As he listed the names of those he saw as traitors, he grabbed a steak knife, stood up and began plunging the knife into the table and shouting “Dead! Dead! Dead!” after each name.
“When he was done, the table looked like a lunar landscape,” one witness recalled. “It was like something out of The Godfather. But that’s Rahm for you.”
That’s just Rahm, huh? Here’s how Paul Begala described his style:
“He’s got this big old pair of brass balls, and you can just hear ‘em clanking when he walks down the halls of Congress. The Democratic Party is full of Rhodes scholars – Rahm is a road warrior.”
Begala also called Emanuel’s style as a “cross between a hemorrhoid and a toothache.”
Here’s what he is talking about. When Tony Blair visited the White House in 1998 during the Monica Lewinsky brouhaha, Emanuel told Blair, “This is important. Don’t **** it up.”
I’m sure this is going to be a centrist administration, full of bipartisanship and full of good will towards Republicans and conservatives. After all, Emanuel once explained to his staff his view of bipartisanship:
“‘I’ll tell you this,’ Emanuel shouted out to his staff. ‘The Republicans may have the 72-hour program. But they have not seen the 22-month program! … Since my kids are gone, I can say it: They can go —- themselves!’”
I get the feeling that unity is just one inauguration away.
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