Rahm Emanuel

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Rahm Emanuel (b. 1959) is a powerful Democrat and former Chief of Staff to President Obama.
Rahm Emanuel
He represented Illinois' 5th Congressional District in the House of Representatives 2003-2008. As chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, he took credit gaining a majority for the first time since 1994. He became a top leader as Chairman of the Democratic Caucus in the House. A member of a prominent Jewish family, Emanuel is an enthusiastic defender of Israel. He was blasted by leftists for his staunch support of the war in Iraq. He was neutral during the 2008 primaries, but when Obama was elected president he immediately appointed Emanuel Chief of Staff. Emanuel resigned amidst charges of his direct involvement in Jobsgate[1][2] reportedly to run for Mayor of Chicago.[3]

Illustrating Emanuel's penchant for exploiting crises for political gain, he remarked, "A crisis is a terrible thing to waste; they are opportunities to do big things." [4][5]


Emanuel is the son of a prominent physician, Dr. Benjamin M. Emanuel; the father was born in Jerusalem. Emanuel has a bachelor's degree from Sarah Lawrence College (1981), and a master's degree in speech and communication from Northwestern University (1985). Emanuel and his wife Ann have three children.

Obama White House

In the White House Emanuel's aggressive demands for a stimulus package won passage of the liberals' $789 billion bill in February, but alienated Republicans (only three of whom voted for it). His seizure of control of the Census Bureau from the Commerce department led Senator Judd Gregg, a leading Republican, to reverse himself and reject the job of Secretary of Commerce. Emanuel released control of the census to head off complaints of political interference. Emanuel also ran roughshod over the Secretary of State, vetoing her choice for a senior aide.

In President Obama's first year Emanuel was considered to be the most powerful White House chief of staff in decades.

Emanuel's role in the subprime lending crisis

Emanuel was appointed to the board of scandal-plagued quasi-governmental mortgage giant Freddie Mac by President Clinton. [6][7] While Emanuel was on the board, Freddie Mac misreported its net income in 2000 by 30.5 percent, in 2001 by 23.9 percent and 2002 by 42.9 percent according to the SEC. Freddie Mac's failure is regarded as one of the precipitating events of the Financial Crisis of 2008.

Congressional leadership position

Emanuel served in Congress 2002-2008 from the North Side of Chicago. Among Democrats in the House, he was squarely in the middle in his votes on social, economic and foreign policy issues. His aggressive in-your-face style alienated his opponents, but Emanuel took charge of the 2006 election for House Democrats, and secured major gains, giving the Democrats a majority for the first time since 1994, and propelling Emanuel to a top leadership role.

Clinton White House

He worked in the Bill Clinton White House from 1993-1998, first serving as Assistant to the President for Political Affairs, and then Senior Adviser to the President for Policy and Strategy. He was demoted at the behest of Hillary Clinton after complaints from other staffers. Ironically, as Obama Chief of Staff, Emanuel was now in a position to overrule Hillary Clinton when she attempted to hire another former Clinton White House staffer, Sidney Blumenthal.

Leaving the White House staff, he became wealthy as an investment banker in Chicago, 1999-2002. Emanuel had no previous investment banking experience.

See also


  1. http://www.denverpost.com/ci_15213784
  2. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/white-house/how-the-sestak-job-offer-becam.html
  3. http://biggovernment.com/tfitton/2010/10/14/is-scandal-ridden-rahmbo-chicagos-next-mayor/
  4. Rahm EmanuelYouTube- you never want a serious crisis video
  5. [1]
  6. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122610420534009957.html
  7. Emanuel Was Director Of Freddie Mac During Scandal, ABC News, November 7, 2008.