Report: Emanuel accepts chief of staff job

When Barack Obama is inaugurated, he'll reportedly have Rahm Emanuel by his side as White House chief of staff.

By Alex Koppelman

Published November 5, 2008 7:56PM (EST)

MSNBC is reporting that Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., has decided to accept Barack Obama's offer and become the new White House chief of staff when Obama is sworn in as president next January.

Emanuel brings quite a reputation with him. Known as "Rahmbo," the former Clinton administration official is legendary for being a no-holds-barred political operative. In a 2005 article for Rolling Stone, Joshua Green related this famous tale:

The night after Clinton was elected, Emanuel was so angry at the president's enemies that he stood up at a celebratory dinner with colleagues from the campaign, grabbed a steak knife and began rattling off a list of betrayers, shouting "Dead!  ... Dead! ... Dead!" and plunging the knife into the table after every name. "When he was done, the table looked like a lunar landscape," one campaign veteran recalls. "It was like something out of The Godfather. But that's Rahm for you."

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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