White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is considering hanging it up as the President Obama’s Adviser. Emanuel is growing tired of “Idealism” of the Administration. He wanted to “bang heads together” to get the President agenda approved in Congress.
Emanuel is considering his options including Running for Mayor of Chicago in 2011 if (and that’s obese if current Richard M. Daley decides not to run.) He’s also worried about burn out and he wants to spend time with his family.
Sources tell the London Daily Telegraph he ready to go:
“I would bet he will go after the midterms,” said a leading Democratic consultant in Washington. “Nobody thinks it’s working but they can’t get rid of him – that would look awful. He needs the right sort of job to go to but the consensus is he’ll go.”
An official from the Bill Clinton era said that “no one will be surprised” if Mr Emanuel left after the midterm elections in November, when the Democratic party will battle to save its majorities in the house of representatives and the senate.
Emanuel head-butting pragmatic approach put people off. At times Emanuel wanted to compromise with the Republicans to get things like the recent health care reform bill passed. But other White House advisers including David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett want to keep on course. The approached worked and the bill passed however. The American people despises the bill:
“It might not be his fault, but the perception is there,” said the consultant, who asked not to be named. “Every vote has been tough, from health care to energy to financial reform.
“Democrats have not stood behind the president in the way Republicans did for George W Bush, and that was meant to be Rahm’s job.”
There were sharp differences over health care reform, with Mr Emanuel arguing that public hostility about cost should have forced them into producing a scaled down package. Mr Obama and advisers including David Axelrod, the chief strategist, and Valerie Jarrett, a businesswoman and mentor from Chicago, decided to push through with grander legislation anyway.
Mr Emanuel has reportedly told friends that his role as White House chief of staff was “only an eighteen month job” because of its intensity.
Emanuel departure signals that the White House is in more trouble most analysts thought.
No comment from the White House or Mr. Emmanuel at this time.
Meanwhile Emanuel on ABC News’s “This Week” said this:
He says GOP lawmakers and candidates are attacking the administration for demanding that BP set up a $20 billion compensation fund.
His remarks comes after comments by Rep Joe Barton(R-TX) who apologized to BP because the White House compensation fund was “a shakedown.” Barton was criticized by Democrats and Republicans alike. Barton has since apologized.