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Saturday, November 8

YIKES! This Rahmbo dude has quite the background.......

President Elect Obama has started building his team. Rahm Emanuel will be The White House Chief of Staff.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Hiring Emanuel shows Obama's hand
There are a million stories about the 49-year-old, profane, pirouetting, ballet-trained Emanuel.......

Friends from childhood include Wendy Cohen, a senior policy adviser for the Illinois attorney general, who remembers when the Emanuel clan bought the house across the street in the affluent suburb of Wilmette in the late 1960s.

"I have a memory of when they moved in, the dog ran away and the three boys" -- Rahm, Ari and Ezekiel -- fanned out like "roadrunners . . . feudal lords . . . they were loud and warm with hearts of gold," Cohen said.

That kind of affection may not be shared by members of Congress, Republican or Democrat, who have felt Emanuel's razor-sharp elbows in their ribs.

Personal Life:
Rahm Israel Emanuel (Hebrew: רם עמנואל‎) was born in Chicago, Illinois.[30] His first name, Rahm, means "high" or "lofty" in Hebrew,[31] while his last name, Emanuel, means "God is with us." According to his father, his son is the namesake of Rahamim, a Lehi combatant who was killed.[32] Rahm’s surname was adopted by his family in 1933, after Rahm’s paternal uncle, Emanuel Auerbach, was killed in a skirmish with Arabs in Jerusalem.[33] His father, the Jerusalem-born Benjamin M. Emanuel, is a pediatrician and former member of the Irgun,[32] a staunchly nationalist Zionist terror militia active in the British Mandate of Palestine between 1931 and 1948. His mother, Martha Smulevitz, worked as an X-ray technician and was the daughter of a local union organizer.[6] She became a civil rights activist; she was also once the owner of a Chicago-area rock and roll club.[33] The two met in Chicago in the 1950s.[34] Emanuel's older brother, Ezekiel, is an oncologist and bioethicist, and his brother Ari is a talent agent in Los Angeles who inspired Jeremy Piven's character Ari Gold on the HBO series Entourage.[6] Emanuel himself is the inspiration for the character Josh Lyman on The West Wing[35]. Emanuel is a first cousin of Howard Stern Show writer Benjy Bronk.

Career in finance

After serving as an advisor to Bill Clinton, in 1998 Emanuel left the White House to become an investment banker at Wasserstein Perella, (now Dresdner Kleinwort), where he worked until 2002.[9] In 1999, he became a managing director at the firm’s Chicago office. Emanuel made $16.2 million in his two-and-a-half-year stint as a banker, according to Congressional disclosures.[9][10] At Wasserstein Perella, he worked on eight deals, including the acquisition by Commonwealth Edison of Peco Energy and the purchase by GTCR Golder Rauner of the SecurityLink home security unit from SBC Communications.[9]
Emanuel was named to the Board of Directors for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation ("Freddie Mac") by then President Bill Clinton in 2000. He resigned from the board in 2001 when he ran for congress.[11


Some Palestinians were angry over Obama’s appointment of Emanuel as Chief of Staff, especially after his father Benjamin Emanuel was interviewed by the Hebrew daily Maariv in an article entitled “Our Man in the White House.” He stated: "Obviously, he will influence the President to be pro-Israel. Why shouldn't he do it? What is he, an Arab? He's not going to clean the floor of the White House." [39]

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I really wish you didn't send this story to me.

I was just starting to feel a calmness that I haven't felt for a long time.

Didn't last long, did it?

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