WASHINGTON--Departing White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, stepping down in a few hours to launch his bid for mayor of Chicago on Monday was given a standing ovation at his last White House senior staff meeting on Friday morning.
Chicagoan Austan Goolsbee, chairperson of the Council of Economic Advisers and the White House policy team delivered a wicked going away gift with a distinct Chicago flair: a dead asian carp wrapped in the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune.
Goolsbe had the asian carp--plauging Lake Michigan--flown out special for the occasion. Some 30 plus staffers gathered in the Roosevelt Room for the send-off.
Why this is funny: One of the standard, often told stories about Emanuel--is how--some twenty years ago--he sent a pollster he was upset with a dead fish wrapped in newspaper.