Rahm Emaanuel named Chief of Staff by President-Elect Obama

Who is this man? What is his expertise and goal? This is what he has been involved in before the election.

EMANUEL, CALLED ON CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE TO ANALYZE PROPOSALS TO HELP KEEP AMERICANS IN THEIR HOMES WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a letter to Congressional Budget Office Director Peter Orszag, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel and Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank today called on the Congressional Budget Office to evaluate a series of proposals from leading economists that would help stabilize home prices and keep Americans out of foreclosure and in their homes.

Maybe we'll get some relief soon!! We'll see.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Fri, 11/14/2008 - 8:16pm.

President-elect Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has apologized for disparaging remarks made by his father about Arabs.

Benjamin Emanuel spoke about his son to an Israeli newspaper last week, saying, "Obviously, he will influence the president to be pro-Israel. Why wouldn't he? What is he, an Arab? He's not going to clean the floors of the White House."

Rahm Emanuel called the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Thursday to apologize, saying "These are not the values upon which I was raised or those of my family."

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Fri, 11/07/2008 - 6:37am.

Those were the days when he was at his best inside the White House. Ah yes, mellow, polite, respectful, reaching across the aisle - a real prince.

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Submitted by Main Stream on Fri, 11/07/2008 - 10:19am.

If what I'm hearing about Rahm is true, I like what I see and his attitude of letting the Repub's go _______ themselves.

Reach across the aisle? You mean, like the Bush admin and Repub house and senate did for 6-8 years? Give me a break. It's payback time, suckers. We've been told to go pound sand for years now so quit crying in your coffee, Robert. All the whiney Repub's should sit down and shut up because we have to clean up YOUR PARTY'S mess now.

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Submitted by meanoldconservatives on Fri, 11/07/2008 - 10:39am.

All the whiney Repub's should sit down and shut up..

I'd love to hear your plan on how you'll make us do that. Your arrogant, weak butt couldn't make me do anything. Ya feel me????

It's payback time, suckers.

Weren't you the idiot asking someone last week if they were 12 years old???

I like what I see and his attitude of letting the Repub's go _______ themselves.

Well, _______ you too.

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Submitted by Main Stream on Fri, 11/07/2008 - 11:43am.

Republican pundit in 2004: "3.5 million votes, 51% = mandate from the people"

Republican pundit in 2008: "Just 7.5 million votes, only 53% = no mandate, narrow victory"

Republican pundit in 2000: "Control of both houses and the presidency by narrow margins (2000) = universal support for the conservative agenda"

Republican pundit in 2008: "Control of both houses and electoral college landslide = moderation and compromise is necessary if Obama wants to succeed."

Sit back and enjoy the ride... we're driving now.

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Submitted by jonnycat on Fri, 11/07/2008 - 12:21pm.

I saw what happened at the end of Thelma & Louise. I'm getting out now. You can go ahead and join hands and crash and burn on your own. Thanks for the offer.

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Submitted by meanoldconservatives on Fri, 11/07/2008 - 11:50am.

I guess you've never heard of political spin? And your side never does that, right?

Still waiting on your big plan to make us "sit down and shut up".

The last point still stands from before....

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Submitted by Main Stream on Thu, 11/06/2008 - 1:16pm.

how diverse!

"While studying at a Jewish day school, Mr Emanuel trained in ballet, and was talented enough to be offered a scholarship to the world-renowned Joffrey Ballet company. However, he turned it down in favour of studying the dance style at Sarah Lawrence College, a liberal arts institution, from where he graduated in 1981."


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Submitted by alittlebirdietoldme on Thu, 11/06/2008 - 2:14pm.

he's got the body type for it..

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Submitted by sniffles5 on Wed, 11/05/2008 - 4:28pm.

Unless Obama wanted an "abominable 'NO' Man" as chief-of-staff, I think he has made a mistake with Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel's inflexibility went a long way towards helping John Kerry lose the 2004 election. Emanuel controlled the pursestrings on the huge Democratic Congressional Campaign funds. He was mired in the 20th century mindset of picking a few key races and flooding them with lots of television money. Howard Dean basically did an end-around through the internet to get the grassroots involved in all 50 states.

After Dean's strategy worked, Emanuel took credit for it.

He's not a "consensus builder", but I'm not sure that's a job requirement for chief of staff. If Obama wants a political hatchet man, though, Rahm is ideal for the job.

This bears watching...

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Submitted by birdman on Wed, 11/05/2008 - 8:27pm.

So... How do you get the little bug running around. I tried to kill the little sucker. Pretty cool!

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Submitted by mudcat on Wed, 11/05/2008 - 8:35pm.

A ball peen hammer is best. Use the rounded end.

So, we have a Democrat in charge now. OK with you?

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Submitted by birdman on Thu, 11/06/2008 - 11:47am.

OK... I think it is great. Finally we have a President that can not only put two lines together, but inspire the nation. He will do a great job. But it'll be hard around here listening to the constant crying that will go on.

Submitted by fluffybear on Thu, 11/06/2008 - 12:20pm.

We finally have a president who can put two words together? Please..
This country has had many presidents who not only were great speakers but inspired this nation. Only time will tell if Barrack Obama will even qualify to be mentioned in the same breath as any of them but as of this moment, he does not qualify. Let's address this subject again in 3 years.

Submitted by eldergent on Thu, 11/06/2008 - 12:52pm.

MR. BROKAW: But we have to talk about the reality of what's going on in Iraq right now.
SEN. OBAMA: Well, but, but, but, let me...
MR. BROKAW: And the Anbar awakening, most people believe, was successful in large part because the American troops did come in and make it possible for them to have the kind of political reconciliation...
SEN. OBAMA: Tom, look--Tom, I'm, I'm--the fact that--the...
MR. BROKAW: Do you disagree with that?

Submitted by TyroneTerror on Wed, 11/05/2008 - 3:12pm.

I don't. I didn't buy more house than I could afford. I didn't buy a house without a job. I didn't get an interest only mortgage. I didn't get a mortgage with a balloon payment.

Too bad too many people did! I don't feel sorry for them one bit. Some of us actually live in the real world and know our limits.

Submitted by Davids mom on Wed, 11/05/2008 - 4:14pm.

No, fortunately I don't. But the trickle down effect will hurt us all unless this economy is put back on its feet! Those without jobs, money to feed their children, pay their mortgage, etc. are affecting the credit mess globally. You, as I, probably don't understand the complexity of this -but read the different articles regarding the mess that we're in. It's not a matter of feeling sorry for anyone - but fixing this economy so that we can enjoy the fruits of our hard labor. Keeping families in their homes and getting a hold on the excessive interest rates that are being charged by lenders is a start.

Submitted by TyroneTerror on Wed, 11/05/2008 - 4:48pm.

I understand the complexity of it just fine. Its not that complex. People bought more than they could afford, people were loaned more than they could afford now they are expecting someone else to make up for their lack of judgement. No accountability for those who bought more than they could afford, no accountability to those who loaned them more than they could afford.

This entire mess goes back to the 1990's when Clinton and the Democrats forced banks to increase their percentages of loans to more low income and minority families. And how did they increase those numbers, by loaning to underqualified people knowing that they would have a problem paying it back. Everyone ought to own a home, right? Well a harsh reality is that some people are not financially capable or responsible enough to own a home.

People without jobs, that lost them because of the economic downturn deserve help. The problem is all of those that are without jobs by choice, who have always fed off the government tit. Why should they enjoy the fruits of MY labor and not their own? I agree keeping families in their homes, if they can afford them is great.

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Submitted by diva on Fri, 11/07/2008 - 8:14am.

How do you think we go about chipping away at our 10 trillion dollar deficit and federal government deficit? I've heard tax cuts, but they have never, ever worked in and of themselves, and when we ask politicians to cut programs, they go mute.

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