Friday, December 12, 2008

Getting to know you. Getting to know all about you.

Interesting facts about Rahm Emanuel:

The name "Rahm" means "high" or "lofty" in Hebrew.

Rahm-bo has two brothers. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, is an oncologist and bioethicist at the National Institute of Health. Ari Emanuel is an LA talent agent who is allegedly the inspiration for Jeremy Piven's character Ari Gold on the HBO series Entourage. Rahm-bo is said to be the inspiration for the character Josh Lyman on The West Wing.

Rahm-bo's right middle finger has been partially amputated. While working at Arby's in high school he cut his finger on a meat slicer, an infection set in, and it had to be amputated.

Rahm-bo participates in triathlons.

Rahm-bo made his political reputation in Chicago as a fundraiser. He was chief fundraiser for Mayor Richard Daley. He worked for Prez Bill Dawg Clinton as the head of his finance committee.

After leaving the Clinton administration, Rahm-bo worked as an investment banker.

Rahm-bo was named to the Board of Directors for Freddie Mac by President Bill Dawg Clinton in 2000. The position paid $31,060 in 2000 and $231,655 in 2001...a 646% increase. While Rahm-bo was on the board, Freddie Mac was plagued with scandals involving campaign contributions and accounting irregularities. The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight accused the board of having "failed in its duty to follow up on matters brought to its attention." Emanuel resigned from the board in 2001 when he ran for congress.

In 2002 Emanuel ran for the U.S. House seat in the 5th District of Illinois previously held by Hot Rod Blagojevich, who chose not to run for re-election, but instead ran for Governor of Illinois.

In 2006 Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass reported he had a newsroom confrontation with Rahm-bo over Kass' speculation that Emanuel only won his 2002 election because convicted former Chicago water department boss Don Tomczak sent in his employees to work for Emanuel. Kass also said that Mayor Richard Daley’s “underlings” who were sentenced to federal prison for organizing “patronage armies” also helped Rahm-bo in his campaign.

On November 6, 2008, Rahm-bo accepted the position of White House Chief of Staff for Barack Obama.

Rahm-bo is considered a tough, but effective, brawler, who has a hard time stringing together a sentence without an expletive.

Rahm-bo has a liberal arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a masters from Northwestern. He trained as a ballet dancer in high school and was offered a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet, but turned it down.

Rahm-bo earned his nickname for his ruthless determination and take-no-prisoners approach. Rahm-bo has been called a "rageoholic" by people who have worked for,with, and against him. He once sent a dead and rotten fish to a political enemy.

Related post: John Podesta vs. Rahm Emanuel


Jackpot said...

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shoeaddict said...

Thanks! Now I have the song in my head...

"Getting to knooooow you. Getting to know allll about you. Getting to liiiiiike you, getting to hope you like me."