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Rahm Emanuel accepts job as Obama chief of staff

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CHICAGO--Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) has accepted Barack Obama's offer to become his White House chief of staff, a source said on Thursday. A formal announcement is to come. Obama is expected to hold his first press conference as president-elect in Chicago on Friday.

In tapping Emanuel, Obama picked a friend with experience in almost two terms in the Clinton White House and in Congress. Taking the job is a sacrifice for Emanuel, the number four leader in the House on a path to one day perhaps being the Speaker.

Emanuel agonized some over the offer, informally made weeks ago, because among other factors, he did not want to up root his family from their North Side Chicago home.

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interesting. i wonder what howard dean and donna brazile are thinking 'bout this. no more, '50 state strategy', no more shouting in the halls of the dnc? hey, 'yes he can':-)!!

What's up with Rahm E. if he did not want the Chief of Staff position. He didn't look to thrilled so he should have passed. I know there are more qualified people that would have at least act like they were honored to be asked. I think this man is trouble with a big T.

What's up with Rahm E. if he did not want the Chief of Staff position. He didn't look to thrilled so he should have passed. I know there are more qualified people that would have at least act like they were honored to be asked. I think this man is trouble with a big T.

Let's see how much weight Rahm E will have when he is Chief of Staff on getting Obama to go back on his promise to keep US Atty Fitzgerald in Chicago. 99 percent of Chicagoans in Obama inner circle want Fitzgerald out.

Don't forget when Rahm Emanuel ran for congress years ago he had an army of city workers as his foot soldiers campaigning for him, look at the past video's of his rally's at his campaign office with HDO, Tomczak group and Katalanic's workers and Fitzgerald put these guys in jail.

I hope Obama follows through on his promises to lead America into Energy Independence. This past year the high cost of gas has strained our economy and damaged our society.OPEC just cut production and gas will be rising again soon. WE have spent trillions on bail outs and stimulus checks. Our nation needs to invest in renewable energy and strive to become energy independent. Wind,solar and electric cars could replace a huge percentage of imported oil. We could produce cheap electricity and at the same time create millions of badly needed jobs. Renewable energy would be a win-win situation for our nation. Jeff Wilson just wrote a book called The Manhattan Project of 2009 Energy Independence NOW. I highly recommend this book for anyone concerned about our economy and our dependence on foreign oil. http://www.themanhattanprojcetof2009.com


Give it a break, everybody. The election is barely over. Let's let things shake out a bit.

Give it a break, everybody. The election is barely over. Let's let things shake out a bit.

Rahm Emanuel is an amazingly bad bad choice. Not only will he alienate Republicans and Reagan Democrats, he's also a rabid -- and very often foul mouthed -- partisan of Israel and AIPAC. This appointment ends speculation that Barack would be a uniter rather than a divider internationally.

What an amazing time in American history. Dreams do come true! Did you all see how Oprah Winfrey revealed this week that she uses a vision board to visualize her goals and harness the power of intention? Oprah created a vision board, months ago, that emphasized Obama as president and the gown she intended to wear during his imagined inauguration.

FYI, a vision board is collage of image that symbolizes a desired outcome. By looking at these images daily and imagining these desired outcomes – like accomplishing a goal – your brain becomes more honed in to making this reality. Many top athletes, entrepreneurs, presidents, and philanthropists have used vision boards to help them accomplish their goals.

I know that on www.TheVisionBoardKit.com you can download a free chapter that includes the eight basic ingredients of a successful vision board.

I respect Rahm E. for thinking very hard about the offer. Obviously, he considered the effect that it would have on his family. A decision of this magnitude affects the entire family. I'm glad he wasn't selfish by thinking only of himself. It also shows me that he isn't impulsive.

So much for 'change'.

I wonder if Lynn will comment from her previous columns about Rahm's tenure at Freddie Mac from 2000-2003? In 2006, Freddie Mac was forced to pay a $3.8 million fine to the Federal Election Commission to settle allegations it illegally contributed to congressional candidates between 2000 and 2003 – while Emanuel was on the board and running for and serving in Congress.

And, since his successful run for the House of Representatives in 2002, Emanuel has been the beneficiary of campaign cash from Freddie Mac and its sister organization Fannie Mae – $51,750 according to the Center for Responsive Politics Web site OpenSecrets.org.

Emanuel received $25,000 in contributions from Freddie Mac during his first run in 2002, right at the end of his tenure at the government-sponsored enterprise. Freddie Mac was his third largest overall contributor that year.


frank...lol..you give it a break...lol...like the guys in the baristas in paris that took off for the somme, breaks don't work for most of us.

JEFF I SEE YOU ARE OFF YOUR MEDS AGAIN, BARACK
OBAMA CHOSE THE RIGHT MAN FOR HIS CHIEF OF STAFF,
HE NEEDED SOMEONE WHO ISN'T LIKE HIM, A LITTLE
FIERY BUT A PERSON WHO WILL GET THE JOB DONE!
EMANUEL IS SOLID AND HE WANTS TO DO WELL AND HE
WILL REPRESENT PRESIDENT OBAMA IN A POSITIVE WAY!

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