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Rahm Emanuel and brothers profiled by Katie Couric on CBS "60 Minutes" Sunday

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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."

2 Comments

March 22 2010
Saw the interview with the Chief of staff of the Obama admin on Sunday.
Wow, very, very bad!
Worst first impression of a hi level person who should not be there EVER!
He is a bozo of the nth degree, proud of being foul-mouthed, rude and cocky.
He’s a bully!!
Kathy Couric looked a little bit unimpressed when he proudly showed her a plaque he got from his brothers as a present which contained an f-word sentence.
He is displaying this thing on his desk.
For all to see.
How stylish.
He admits that he swears all the time and has sworn once in the oval office.
Man, rude language is being made officially okay!!
What happened to respect for other’s.
Would they swear in front of their mother?
Or kids?
It is bad behavior and somebody has got to tell him; not smile about it politely!!!!!
Tell the foul-mouthed worm to consider that we do not want to hear it and to choose acceptable language and be polite.
Have a little style.
Like MOm taught.
In my book of conduct, the code says that a special skill does not ever make up for habitually bad and rude language and behavior.
To even think that that could be acceptable is so badly pompous, it disqualifies the person from that position.
I’m not talking about an occasional swear word … we all do that.
But continuous bad language allows a glimpse into the make up of a person’s mind.
I do not want to see a creature like that in or around the white house.
In white house management I expect dignified behavior.
Heard enough bad language from my Neanderthal neighbors.
Puts that guy on a level with those guys.
White house material????
NO!!!!

March 22 2010
Saw the interview with the Chief of staff of the Obama admin on Sunday.
Wow, very, very bad!
Worst first impression of a hi level person who should not be there EVER!
He is a bozo of the nth degree, proud of being foul-mouthed, rude and cocky.
He’s a bully!!
Kathy Couric looked a little bit unimpressed when he proudly showed her a plaque he got from his brothers as a present which contained an f-word sentence.
He is displaying this thing on his desk.
For all to see.
How stylish.
He admits that he swears all the time and has sworn once in the oval office.
Man, rude language is being made officially okay!!
What happened to respect for other’s.
Would they swear in front of their mother?
Or kids?
It is bad behavior and somebody has got to tell him; not smile about it politely!!!!!
Tell the foul-mouthed worm to consider that we do not want to hear it and to choose acceptable language and be polite.
Have a little style.
Like MOm taught.
In my book of conduct, the code says that a special skill does not ever make up for habitually bad and rude language and behavior.
To even think that that could be acceptable is so badly pompous, it disqualifies the person from that position.
I’m not talking about an occasional swear word … we all do that.
But continuous bad language allows a glimpse into the make up of a person’s mind.
I do not want to see a creature like that in or around the white house.
In white house management I expect dignified behavior.
Heard enough bad language from my Neanderthal neighbors.
Puts that guy on a level with those guys.
White house material????
NO!!!!

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