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.


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Alex Koppelman
November 6, 2008 12:56AM (UTC)

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:

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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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