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Rahm Emanuel: November 2008 Archives
By Abdon Pallasch
CHICAGO--President-elect Barack Obama and Valerie Jarrett, a transition co-chair made a surprise visit to Manny's Deli on the near South Side today and delighted a lunchtime crowd of clapping well-wishers.
He got three corned beef sandwiches, three potato pancakes and two slices of cherry pie to go and shook hands with diners -- as he and many other Chicago politicians have over the years.
Asked what he ordered, Obama answered, "We got the corned beef." His order was to go, not eat in. Manny's on Jefferson near Roosevelt is a favorite of Obama strategist David Axelrod and incoming chief of staff Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) and Obama.
Asked about the auto industry, Obama smiled and repeated, "We got the corned beef."
Obama paid $48.34 cash and left.
Obama had left his Hyde Park home in his motorcade around 7:30 a.m. today for his morning workout at Regents Park.
On the way back to the his home, some people waiting at stop lights honked their horns as the motorcade went by.
WASHINGTON--Happy Birthday to Vice President-elect Joe Biden, 66 today.
Meeting with President-elect Barack Obama in Chicago yesterday, Obama at lunch "surprised him yesterday with cupcakes" and "led the staff in singing him happy birthday." according to a guidance memo issued by the transition.
Gifts: a Chicago White Sox hat, a Chicago Bears hat and a bucket of Garrett's popcorn. Real Chicagoans know from Garrett's.
Biden spends today in Delaware and has no public
events scheduled. Obama will hold private meetings in Chicago,
no public events are scheduled.
APB: Incoming Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who has yet to resign his House seat, will meet with House and Senate GOP leaders to give them the message the White House "will be open be open at all times for them."
By Abdon Pallasch, Sun-Times Political Writer and
Lynn Sweet, Sun-Times Washington Bureau chief
CHICAGO--President-elect Barack Obama, inspired by Abraham Lincoln as he prepares for his presidency, is gathering his own team of rivals -- huddling with Sen. John McCain in Chicago on Monday while behind the scenes considering whether Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will fit into his administration as secretary of state.
After meeting for about an hour at Obama's transition offices on the 38th floor of the Kluczynski Federal Building, McCain and Obama issued a statement outlining the areas where they will work together: government waste, the financial crisis, energy and national security.
Notable for not being on the list: the contentious issue of immigration, on which McCain and Obama have found more agreement than McCain has with his fellow Republicans.
"At this defining moment in history, we believe that Americans of all parties want and need their leaders to come together and change the bad habits of Washington so that we can solve the common and urgent challenges of our time," the statement said.
McCain is not going to be offered a Cabinet spot, a source close to the Obama transition said.
Rather, the role for McCain that seems to be evolving is one where he either is tapped by Obama for special envoy assignments or leads a rump group of GOP senators who form situational alliances with Obama on issues where they have common ground.
From: Bazinet, Kenneth
Pool Report 3
Nov. 17, 2008
Your pool swept into the conference room in the Presidential Transition Office on the 38th floor of the Kluczynski Federal Building in downtown Chicago at 11:15 a.m. for the top of the pow wow between President-elect Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
Asked about the goal of the meeting, Mr. Obama said, "We're going to have a good conversation about how we can do some work together to fix up the country, and also to offer thanks to Sen. McCain for the outstanding service he's already rendered."
Sen. McCain was asked whether he would help Mr. Obama with his administration, and he responded, "Obviously."
Your pool tried to get the President-elect to answer a question on the auto industry bail out, but was shouted down by the pool sherpas. Mr. Obama finally said with a smile, "You're incorrigible."
My Chicago Sun-Times colleague Abdon Pallasch quotes President-elect Obama saying the Chicago reporters are tougher than the national press, as ABC-channel 7 political reporter Andy Shaw gets a question in the brief photo op.
By Abdon M. Pallasch
Chicago Sun-Times Political Reporter
CHICAGO--Just 13 days after the election and a month after their last face-to-face debate, President-elect Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain sat down to talk Monday at Obama's Transition headquarters in Chicago.
Off to McCain's right was his close ally, Sen. Lindsey Graham R-S.C. Off to Obama's left was his newly announced chief of staff, Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.)
"The national press is tame compared to the local press," Obama leaned over to McCain and quipped as the press filed in for a 90-second photo shoot.
from the Nov. 14, 2008 print Sun-Times...
BY DAVE MCKINNEY AND CHRIS FUSCO
Chicago Sun-Times Staff Reporters
Lynn Sweet, contributing
Tammy Duckworth's star seems to be fading within Gov. Blagojevich's inner circle as the governor mulls over a potential replacement for President-elect Barack Obama, who formally will step down from his U.S. Senate seat Sunday.
Potential Obama successors who appear to be getting the closest scrutiny from the governor's camp include retiring state Senate President Emil Jones, Rep. Luis Gutierrez and state Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
WASHINGTON---John McCain meets with President-elect Barack Obama in Chicago on Monday at his Loop transition headquarters in a move towards post-election unity.
"It's well known that they share an important belief that Americans want and deserve a more effective and efficient government, and will discuss ways to work together to make that a reality. They will be joined in the meeting by Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman Rahm Emanuel," a transition spokesman, Stephanie Cutter, said in a statement.
Emanuel is already on the job as Obama's White House Chief of Staff; earlier in the year, representing Obama, he negotiated the debate deal with Graham, McCain's sidekick.
When William Daley was looking for someone to manage his brother's 1989 race for mayor of Chicago, a brash Rahm Emanuel pitched himself for the job.
"I said no," Daley said, going on to select David Wilhelm as campaign manager, who went on to manage Bill Clinton's 1992 White House bid. Instead, Daley offered Emanuel a post as finance chairman for the mayoral campaign, and Emanuel turned him down.
"I said, 'OK, thanks,'" Daley recalled. But Emanuel changed his mind, joined the Daley team and started down a road that Thursday led to President-elect Barack Obama tapping him to be his White House chief of staff, Obama's first appointment.
With Emanuel, Obama gets an enforcer, a bad cop who loves the f-word, with a unique resume no one else in the United States can match: the No. 4 leader in the House; veteran of seven years in the White House during the Clinton administration; a supreme media and political strategist who knows process and policy. He's also a close friend of Obama and David Axelrod, the mastermind who helped propel Obama from a state Senate seat in Chicago to the White House in four years.
CHICAGO--Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) has accepted Barack Obama's offer to become his White House chief of staff, a source said on Thursday. A formal announcement is to come. Obama is expected to hold his first press conference as president-elect in Chicago on Friday.
In tapping Emanuel, Obama picked a friend with experience in almost two terms in the Clinton White House and in Congress. Taking the job is a sacrifice for Emanuel, the number four leader in the House on a path to one day perhaps being the Speaker.
Emanuel agonized some over the offer, informally made weeks ago, because among other factors, he did not want to up root his family from their North Side Chicago home.