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Rahm Emanuel: Report That He Is Leaving White House Is 'B.S.'

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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.

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ekalter103

Rahm should quit. He is hurting the President and more importantly, the country.

June 21 2010 at 9:40 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
sysaphus71

Seems as though Blago may have more to so about this matter.

June 21 2010 at 9:26 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
actionhero

A victory is as good as your opponent. I disagree with virtually everything Rahm does, but you have to respect his abilities. I gotta believe obama asked him to stay.

June 21 2010 at 8:05 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
charleskre

I wonder what happened?
Rahm must have lost his nerve or figured unemployment was beneath his status.
However it was, might as well stay and give the conservatives a laugh when he is run out of town in 2012 or earlier if this can be made possible.

June 21 2010 at 5:46 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
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enorcel

Obama is out playing golf again....after a hard week of "work" preventing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico .... and Rahm Emanuel is free to make all the comments he wishes....

June 21 2010 at 5:59 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
sel61025

HAS EVERY ONE FORGOTTEN THAT IT WAS DICK CHENY WHO SET THE ENERGY POLICY
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE OIL INDUSTRY .

June 21 2010 at 5:31 PM Report abuse -13 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

I'm going to stand up on Capitol Hill, the Wed after November elections, and watch all the moving trucks move in. It will be a day of celebration when the American people clear out the corrupt, bribers and liars.

June 21 2010 at 4:46 PM Report abuse +16 rate up rate down Reply
joe

Rahm is following his strategy to take advantage of every crisis. The Oil spill and the Arizona issue has put the Joe Sestak bribery scandal out of the limelight for now. The Republicans will surely put the issue back in public view when the time is right.

June 21 2010 at 4:04 PM Report abuse +15 rate up rate down Reply
motorprops

he will be there for another 6 years

June 21 2010 at 3:34 PM Report abuse -19 rate up rate down Reply
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walkingman50

If so four of them will be as President Christie's token leftist.

June 21 2010 at 5:49 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
CONWAYS

Why would Mr Emmanuel want to leave successful and thriving (B+) White House, any more than Mayor Richard Daley would want to leave the well-run Administration of Chicago?

June 21 2010 at 3:12 PM Report abuse -11 rate up rate down Reply
sroach8577

All I can say is GOOD BYE! What took you so long?

June 21 2010 at 2:15 PM Report abuse +21 rate up rate down Reply

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