White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has this sharp rebuttal to a story in a British newspaper that he's leaving the White House: "This is B.S. And if you need it for translation, it is baseless," Emanuel said in a statement.
His comment came Monday after a story in the Daily Telegraph said the White House chief of staff will depart the Obama administration after the midterm elections. The story had no substantive sourcing.
The former Illinois congressman does serve at the pleasure of the president -- as do all appointees -- and has discussed the toll the job has taken on him, the father of three young children, and his family. Emanuel at one time was telling people he might leave at the end of this year, fulfilling a pledge to President Obama to stay two years, but I'm now told he has made family plans to remain in Washington next year, a strong signal that he's not giving up his current job.
The only situation that could change Emanuel's plans is if Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley decides not to run for re-election next year. Emanuel has been open about wanting to run City Hall in his hometown. Daley's team has said the mayor is not going to announce his decision for the 2011 contest until after the November elections.