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Emanuel, Jarrett, Axelrod shrug off GOP Chicago bashing

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Republicans aiming darts at the Obama White House thought they found a way to get to the president from Chicago -- and his inner circle of Chicagoans -- during the first year of the Obama presidency.

Last month, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) -- angry about the deals the White House and Senate Democratic leader made with reluctant Democratic senators to get their crucial votes on the health care bill -- said the legislation passed only because of "seedy Chicago politics, when you think about it; back-room deals that amount to bribes."

On Christmas Eve, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said of the deal-making, "That's back-room politics of the worst sort. That's Chicago-type politics of the worst sort."

The drumbeat started earlier. In October, House Republican Leader John Boehner said White House maneuvers were "Chicago-style politics."

Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and senior advisers Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod --Chicagoans all -- shrugged off the Chicago-bashing when I asked them to respond in separate interviews.

"They don't know Chicago. They are caricaturing Chicago, and that's not fair," Jarrett said.

Said Axelrod, "They know heavy-handed politics when they see it. ... I just write that off to a bunch of Washington hype, you know, hyperbolic lather."

Just "politics and spin," said Emanuel. "...There is no substance to it. I don't really think about it . I haven't thought about it until you asked about it. I don't pay attention to it."

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I used to be proud to say I was from Chicago.

Thanks to Obama, Axelrod and company's lies, corruption and thuggery, I'm now ashamed and embarrassed to say I'm from Chicago.

It will take decades for this city to get rid of the filthy stench of Obama.

I'm embarrassed and ashamed that previous poster Derrick is from Chicago. I hope he'll leave. He sounds like a stupid guy so his stupid comment is what you'd expect.

We have an occupier of the Oval Office whose greatest accomplishment is to turn public housing tracts in south Chicago into a ghetto-hell. Now this Marxist punk wants to destroy the Constitution and our Liberty. He is truly America's Marxist Enemy.

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