WASHINGTON--"A very strong run so far." That's how former Clinton White House Chief of Staff John Podesta--the native Chicagoan who ran President Obama's transition operation--evaluated Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
Podesta, the president of the Center for American Progress, was a guest at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast Monday morning and was asked to evaluate Emanuel, a former House member who was in a top leadership position.
Said Podesta, Emanuel has "done a very effective job of pulling a team together....managing a series of very complex and difficult legislative challenges. He's got a team that works well together. ...I don't really feel any real dissention in the White House, it's not a White House divided, it's a White House that works together....
...He's had a very strong run. I think the President wanted him to be the chief of staff because I think he knew that he was a guy who would, was certainly not a yes man--that he would stand up, voice strong views if he disagreed with the president, but carry out the presidents decisions once they were made."