WASHINGTON--The June 15, 1997 New York Times Magazine cover was a story headlined "The Brothers Emanuel" by Elisabeth Bumiller, a report on the Emanuel brothers--Rahm, Ezekiel, and Ari. Back then, they were already wildly successful. But as we know, the story only got better. Our Chicago boys went on to be: Rahm, White House Chief of Staff; Ezekiel, advising the White House on health policy and Ari, a Hollywood super agent then and a super super agent now.
On Sunday, CBS anchor Katie Couric presents an updated version of "The Brothers Emanuel." Last I heard earlier this week, the show was lining up shots of the homes the Emanuel brothers lived in while growing up on Chicago's North Side and Wilmette.
Her story is supposed to include a look inside his office. I wonder if Couric can put on television a shot of a little sign I saw on a desk in Emanuel's White House office when I was there: "Undersecretary of Go F--- Yourself." Emanuel's office, I observed, is full of pictures of his wife and three kids and memorobila--he has the iron door plaque from his House of Representatives office on a shelf. Above his desk are 10 frames holding a total of 31 family pictures. Emanuel also has a framed picture of him hugging and giving a kiss to Stephen Colbert. Colbert autographed the photo with this note: "Rahm, when will the feeling return to my cheek?"
Politico's Mike Allen has this report Friday morning: "EXCLUSIVE: On '60 Minutes' on Sunday, Rahm Emanuel acknowledges that he has disagreed with President Obama, but say the president doesn't want 'yes' people -- he wants to get a wide variety of opinions. Katie Couric is the correspondent on the 12-minute, long-in-the-making segment on THE BROTHERS EMANUEL, an idea she had back during the campaign. Like everyone else, she wants to know what their mom put in their cereal. Katie interviewed Rahm (the middle child) once in October and again this month. The segment includes him giving her a fun tour of his office -- then escorting her across West Exec to the EEOB, where big bro Zeke is a bioethicist at OMB. K.C. talked to both of them, then did an interview with Zeke. Ari the agent didn't play, but a little bird tells Playbook he provided some adorable family photos."