The Israeli agent Rahm Emanuel was the first
person appointed by Barack Obama, as White House Chief of Staff. Emanuel had also been senior advisor to Bill Clinton.
Zionist Jews in positions of power in the White
House has been the case with every president in recent history. Rahm Emanuelis is an Israeli citizen and son of a
Jewish terrorist from Yitzhak Shamir's murderous Stern Gang, held highest-level positions in both the Clinton and Obama
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In Politics (the Emanuels and Klutzniks)....
America's vilest traitor, Edward Mandell House,
is attributed with giving a very detailed outline of the New World Order plans that were to be implemented
gradually over time to enslave the American people ... a plan that has been repeated in Canada, Australia,
Britain and elsewhere. He stated, in a private meeting with Woodrow Wilson:
“Very soon, every American will be required to register their biological
property (that’s you and your children) in a national system designed to keep track of the people
and that will operate under the ancient system of pledging. By such methodology, we can compel people to submit
to our agenda, which will affect our security as a charge back for our fiat paper currency. Every American
will be forced to register or suffer being able to work and earn a living. They will be our chattels
(property) and we will hold the security interest over them forever, by operation of the lawmerchant
under the scheme of secured transactions. Americans, by unknowingly or unwittingly delivering the bills
of lading (Birth Certificate) to us will be rendered bankrupt and insolvent, secured by their pledges.
They will be stripped of their rights and
given a commercial value designed to make us a profit and they will be none the wiser, for not one man in a million
could ever figure our plans and, if by accident one or two should figure it out, we have in our arsenal
plausible deniability. After all, this is the only logical way to fund government, by floating liens
and debts to the registrants in the form of benefits and privileges. This will inevitably reap us huge
profits beyond our wildest expectations and leave every American a contributor to this fraud, which we
will call “Social Insurance.” Without realizing it, every American will unknowingly be our
servant, however begrudgingly. The people will become helpless and without any hope for their redemption
and we will employ the high office (presidency) of our dummy corporation (USA) to foment this plot against
the Obama White House?
The day after Barack Obama
was elected president, the Israeli press proudly proclaimed that the new president had chosen an Israeli, Rahm Emanuel,
to manage the new administration. "Obama's first pick: Israeli Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff" was the
Ha'aretz headline of November 6, 2008. The controlled press in the United
States, however, keeps the American public unaware that Obama's new chief of staff is an Israeli, with terrorist
roots and a sworn loyalty to the state of Israel.
Rahm Emanuel, first Chief of Staff of the Obama
White House, is the son of a real Zionist terrorist and served in the Israeli army.
The late Sherman Skolnick of Chicago called Emanuel the "Acting Deputy Chief for North America of the Mossad
- Israeli Intelligence." Skolnick reported that Emanuel's father Benjamin had been "part of the Israeli
assassin team that murdered Sweden's Count [Folke] Bernadotte" in 1948. Bernadotte was the United Nations
envoy who was sent to Palestine to find a solution to the UN Partition Plan that gave Palestinian land to
Jews from Poland and Russia.
are some key extracts from the Ha'aretz article:
day after his historic election to become the first black American president, Barack Obama stepped into the role
of president-elect yesterday, inviting Rahm Emanuel to join his administration as White House chief of staff, Democratic
a former Bill Clinton adviser, is the son of a Jerusalem-born pediatrician who was a member of the Irgun (Etzel
or IZL), a militant Zionist group that operated in Palestine between 1931 and 1948…
Rahm Emanuel's father, Benjamin,
yesterday refused to comment on the report that his son was appointed White House chief of staff. He told Ha'aretz
that he would only comment after speaking to his son.
"Obama is a pro-Israeli leader
and will be a friend to Israel," he said, adding that he was pleased
with Obama's election. He also said his son is the namesake of Rahamim, a Lehi combatant who was killed.
Rahm Emanuel is named after a Zionist fighter who belonged to
the Stern Gang, which was a terrorist organization linked with the Nazis. Before moving to Chicago, his father was an active member of this terrorist group of assassins
and bombers, which was also known as LEHI. This information is not discussed on CNN. The Zionist-controlled
media censors these disturbing, but important facts.
Emanuel's father, Benjamin, told
Ma'ariv, a Hebrew-language Israeli paper, that his son's appointment would be good for Israel. "Obviously he will influence the president to be pro-Israel,"
the Jerusalem Post reported. "Why wouldn't he be? What is he, an Arab? He's not going to clean the
floors of the White House."
Rahm Emanuel with his brothers and father, a Zionist
terrorist from the Irgun and LEHI
White House chief of staff speaks Hebrew and spends most summers in Tel Aviv, his Israeli father proudly told Ma'ariv.
After Emanuel was named chief of staff, none of the Zionist-controlled media outlets in the United States mentioned the Emanuel family roots with the Nazi-linked terror gangs in Palestine in the 1930s and 1940s. Naftali Bendavid of the Zionist-owned Chicago Tribune,
for example, wrote a book about Emanuel and spent a great deal of time with him, but completely avoided discussin
Rahm's Israeli roots in the article he wrote for the Tribune on November 6.
Bendavid wrote that Emanuel "is best known
as something of a Democratic political assassin" who "might not appear to be the obvious choice for
White House chief of staff for a president-elect who speaks eloquently of setting aside partisan differences and
bringing the country together."
Emanuel is known for using gangster tactics to threaten people. He once mailed a rotting dead fish to
a campaign pollster who had not produced results to Emanuel's liking. Sending a dead fish to a person is a well-known
Mafia message, which warns the recipient that he will "sleep with the fishes" unless he heeds the warning.
Rolling Stone magazine revealed more of Emanuel's gangster behavior in an article entitled "The Enforcer" on October
"The night after Clinton was elected, Emanuel was so angry at the president's enemies that he stood up at a celebratory
dinner with colleagues from the campaign, grabbed a steak knife and began rattling off a list of betrayers, shouting
"Dead! . . . Dead! . . . Dead!" and plunging the knife into the table after every name. "When he
was done, the table looked like a lunar landscape," one campaign veteran recalls. "It was like something
out of The Godfather. But that's Rahm for you."
"Republicans are 'bad people who deserve
a two-by-four upside their heads.'"
- Rahm Emanuel, New York Times, January 24, 2009
Emanuel certainly seems to have a penchant for violence, which might not seem so unusual for a person named after
two Irgun terrorists: one named Rahamim (Rahm), and the other an uncle named Emanuel. Bendavid's book was
cited by the New York Times of January 24, 2009, as being the source of the Emanuel quote that
Republicans are "bad people who deserve a two-by-four upside their heads." Once again, the Times
article, entitled "Obama's Partisan, Profane Confidant Reins It In", conspicuously failed to mention
Emanuel's Israeli roots. Obviously, the New York Times considers this information it would
prefer the reader not know. This is a perfect example how the Zionist-controlled media controls public opinion
by omitting important information.
It should come as no surprise that the New York Times article chooses not to
mention Emanuel's Israeli roots -- or the fact that his father was a member of the Irgun, the most murderous terrorist
group in Palestine in the 1930s and 40s. The New York Times is
the leading Zionist-controlled newspaper in the United States by virtue of the fact that it has been controlled
by the Sulzberger family, founding members of B'nai B'rith (secret organization of Jewish Freemasons) Lodge No.
1 of New York, for more than one hundred years. Likewise, the Chicago
Tribune and Los Angeles Times are both owned by a Chicago Zionist named Samuel Zell.
Sam Zell's parents, named Zielonka, left Poland in 1939.
The Zionist controlled media also failed to investigate the evidence
of Emanual's involvement with the impeached Illinois governor, Rod Blagojevich, and his role in the activity that led to Blagojevich being removed from office. Blagojevich
specifically told CNN's Larry King that he wanted the tapes of his conversations with Rahm Emanuel released. So,
why weren't they? Why is Emanuel being protected?
Impeached Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and Rahm Emanuel
Emanuel's brother, Ariel, is film-maker Michael Moore's agent. The day after the election, Moore joked about Emanuel's appointment on the Larry King Show. Moore made
a film about 9-11, produced by the Weinstein brothers, which completely avoided mentioning the many Israeli connections
to the terror attacks. This is a good example of how the so-called "alternative" media is just as controlled
as is the "mainstream" media – by Zionist Jews.
Rahm and Ariel, Michael Moore's Hollywood agent
Americans should be aware of the role this violent and uncouth Israeli has played in the Obama White
House. The chief of staff controls the people around the president - he decides who sees the president, what he
hears, and what he knows. The people surrounding the president report to the chief of staff. Emanuel was
the intellectual handler of President Obama (a continuation of the role he has played for years) and the controller
of the White House. Do you think having an Israeli gangster with terrorist roots running the White House
affects U.S. relations with Iran, Russia, the Palestinians - and the rest of the world?
Emanuel actually left the United
States to serve in the Israeli army in 1991. A person from any other nation would lose his U.S. citizenship for serving
in a foreign military. Why are Israelis running the U.S. government?
NAMED AFTER LEHI TERRORIST
Emanuel's father said Rahm is "the namesake of Rahamim, a
Lehi combatant." LEHI, a.k.a. the Stern Gang, was the most radical Zionist terrorist group in the 1940s.
The Stern Gang killed scores of British soldiers and assassinated both Lord Moyne and Count Folke Bernadotte (the
United Nations envoy from Sweden). They also killed hundreds of
innocent Palestinians, such as the civilian population of Deir Yassin. This Zionist terror group was allied
with the Nazis in their war against the British. Both of Emanuel's parents, Benjamin Emanuel (formerly Auerbach)
and Marsha Smulevitz, lived in Israel and are related to Lehi fighters. This is to say that Emanuel's father,
a Jew, fought with the Nazis.
Why would a dedicated Zionist, born in Jerusalem, and a dedicated member of a
Zionist terrorist organization, move to Chicago after the creation of the state of Israel? Had he given up
on the Zionist state? Not at all, Benjamin Emanuel had embarked on a new mission for Israel – a mission
After the failed "Lavon Affair," a series of failed Zionist false-flag terror attacks
in Egypt, Israeli intelligence was revamped by Yossi Harel, a.k.a. Joseph Hamburger. Israel sent scores of
high-level agents to the United States, often with an American spouse. The Emanuel family of Chicago is one of them;
the Chertoff family of New Jersey is another; Yossi Harel went to Los Angeles.
There are many more.
Rahm Emanuel is the same Israeli who ran
the White House under Bill Clinton, as one of Clinton's senior advisors. Emanuel is the person who
pushed through the disastrous NAFTA legislation, a bill that devastated the U.S. manufacturing sector.
It should be remembered that it was during the Clinton administration, while the president dallied with his chunky Jewish girlfriend, that the foundation of
the Zionist terror network that pulled off 9-11 was laid. In 2009, Rahm Emanuel, the son of a terrorist, was back in
the Oval Office.
Emanuel is part of the Chicago-based team
of political Zionists with David Axelrod, Obama's chief campaign strategist. Obama thanked Axelrod by name during
his November 2008 victory speech in Chicago's Grant Park. Axelrod's
father, Joseph, a Jewish immigrant from someplace near the Black Sea, hanged himself in 1974 when David was a
nineteen-year-old student at the University of Chicago. His mother was a communist journalist in New York.
David Axelrod - Obama's chief political strategist and handler
Rahm Emanuel and David
Axelrod have been working together since 1984 when they teamed up to help Paul Simon defeat Sen. Charles Percy
(R-Ill.). These hard-core Zionists were not working for reform in Illinois;
their only agenda was to defeat the incumbent Sen. Percy because he was the chairman of the Foreign Relations
Committee and was pushing for a settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. These Zionist agents went on to
manage the Chicago mayoral campaign of Richard M. Daley, the son of Richard J. Daley. Finally, these two Zionists
spearheaded the campaign to put Barack Obama into the White House. Axelrod and Emanuel, however, were sponsored
by a much higher Zionist -- Bettylu Saltzman, the daughter of Chicago's
super-Zionist, Philip M. Klutznick.
Bettylu Saltzman - daughter of Chicago's Philip M. Klutznick
Axelrod has been creating and shaping Candidate Obama since 1992. "Axelrod met Obama when the senator was
30 years old and coordinating a voter-registration drive in Chicago and Betty Lou Saltzman, a doyenne of progressive
politics in Chicago, suggested that the two get to know each other," the New York Times reported
in early 2007. "In the 15 years since, Axelrod has worked through Obama's life story again and again, scouring
it for usable political material."
Saltzman has been supporting and financing Obama's political career since 1992, long before he ran for office.
Saltzman is the only daughter of the Zionist leader, Philip Morris Klutznick. In 1992, when Obama was thirty years
old, Saltzman told Axelrod and others, "He will be our first black president.'' Saltzman then commissioned
Axelrod to create Obama, the presidential candidate.
Philip M. Klutznick
Saltzman's father, Philip M. Klutznick, was Israel's biggest supporter in Chicago. Klutznick, who passed away in August
1999, was the former president of B'nai B'rith International (1953-59), president of the World Jewish Congress,
general chairman of the United Jewish Appeal (UJA), president of the American Friends of the Hebrew University,
vice-president of the Jewish Welfare Board, a founder of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations,
president of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, and vice president of the Conference on Jewish Material
Claims Against Germany, among other things.
Axelrod and Emanuel worked together to create an image for Obama the candidate since
2003. "For four years Axelrod has had camera crews tracking virtually everything Obama has done in public
-- chatting up World War II vets in southern Illinois, visiting his father's ancestral village in western Kenya
-- and there were days when the camera crews have outnumbered the civilians," Ben Wallace-Wells reported in
the New York Times article of April 1, 2007.
Obama, the politician, was created by David Axelrod, who writes his speeches and guides his political strategy.
October 2008 I warned readers that the Obama ticket was really a hard-core Zionist ticket in disguise. In
my article "Colin Powell: Liar & War Criminal Endorses Obama," I advised my readers of the Israeli
gangsters behind Obama:
Powell's endorsement of Obama, a puppet of the Israeli
Rahm Emanuel, has less to do with Obama's African roots than with getting Emanuel and his Zionist gangsters back
into control of the Oval Office. Emanuel, the real boss of the Democratic party, is the son of a real Israeli terrorist
(Irgun and Lehi) and thug-in-chief of the party.
What can we expect from the Obama presidency? Elected on a platform of "Change" after
eight years of a very unpopular and dictatorial Bush regime, we would expect a substantial change from the disastrous
policies of the previous administration. So what changes will we see? Will we see an end to the costly
and illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?
Will the senior officials of the Bush administration who willfully lied to start these wars of aggression be held
accountable for their war crimes? Will we finally have a proper and independent investigation of 9-11? Will
the oppressive Department of Homeland Security be dismantled?
If the war criminals are not held accountable and the most egregious criminal policies of the
Bush administration are not changed and reversed – what exactly does the Obama "Change" slogan mean?
Changing the curtains? Changing the Israelis in the White House?
Change of Zionist
Jewish "investment bankers" at the White House: Joshua Bolten, the son of a C.I.A. agent and second
Jewish chief of staff in U.S. history, greets Rahm Emanuel, Obama's chief of staff, erstwhile investment banker,
and son of an Israeli terrorist. Bolten served in the administration of George H. W. Bush (1989-93) before
becoming executive director of legal and governmental affairs at Goldman Sachs (London, 1994-1999). He left
Goldman Sachs to serve as policy director for the presidential campaign of George W. Bush (March 1999 to November
2000). Bolten became Deputy Chief of Staff for George W. Bush in January 2001 and Chief of Staff in April 2006.
Bolten is credited with recruiting Henry Paulson - CEO of Goldman Sachs - to serve as Treasury Secretary in July
2006. Paulson crafted the disastrous A.I.G. bailout in which Goldman Sachs became the largest single recipient
of taxpayer funds ($12.9 billion), an immense financial scam in which the profits went to private banks -- and
the costs to the U.S. public.
WHO IS PETER ORSZAG?
One of the key players in the Obama administration's $900 billion economic
stimulus package in late 2008 was Obama's new budget director Peter R. Orszag. The forty-year-old Orszag was Obama's
director of the Office of Management and Budget, the arm of the White House responsible for crafting the federal
budget and overseeing the effectiveness of federal programs. He had worked closely with Rahm Emanuel in the Clinton administration - when the disastrous NAFTA legislation was passed - and was one of the first
Obama appointees to be approved.
Peter R. Orszag
"In the coming years, no bureaucrat will be as decisive as
Peter Orszag," Ezra Klein wrote recently in The American Prospect. So, who is Peter Richard Orszag
and what kind of decisions will he make with the budget he controls? Based on his background one would be well
advised to prepare for a financial train wreck.
Peter Orszag has an interesting resume. He has played key roles in some of the biggest
financial scandals of our time. Orszag was, for example, an advisor to the Russian Finance Ministry during
the reign of the Jewish oligarchs as they plundered the wealth of Russia.
He was an advisor to the Central Bank of Iceland before it crashed in 2008. During the Clinton administration,
Orszag was a key advisor to Rahm Emanuel and Bill Clinton on the disastrous NAFTA bill that devastated the U.S. manufacturing sector.
Oddly, Orszag's background has received virtually no attention in the media. He has a troubling
background, which deserves to be looked at very carefully. Orszag, for example, should start by explaining exactly
what happened to the Icelandic economy. Orszag was, after all, the founder and president of the economic consultancy
firm which advised the Central Bank of Iceland - before it went bankrupt. How did Icelandic banks become so indebted? Ask Peter Orszag.
Orszag is an economist who served six years
in the Clinton administration (1993-98)
under Robert E. Rubin, the former treasury secretary who recently resigned from his senior position at the woefully
mismanaged and nearly bankrupt Citigroup. The fact that Orszag was a protégé of the now disgraced
Rubin certainly does not bode well for the Obama administration. Rubin strongly opposed the regulation of
derivatives when such regulation was proposed in 1997. Credit derivatives of mortgage-backed securities were the key
reason for the recent failure of a number of large financial institutions, including AIG and Citigroup.
Rubin joined Citigroup as a board member and a participant "in strategic managerial and operational matters
of the company." The Wall Street Journal noted that Citigroup shareholders suffered losses of more
than 70 percent since Rubin joined the firm and that he encouraged changes that led the firm to the brink of collapse.
In December 2008, investors filed a lawsuit contending that Citigroup executives, including Rubin, sold shares
at inflated prices while concealing the firm's risks.
Orszag, a Jew, served on the president's Council of Economic Advisers
in 1993, under Rubin, when the Israeli Rahm Emanuel, Clinton's senior adviser, was
pushing the disastrous NAFTA legislation through Congress. Prior to joining the Clinton team, Orszag was an economic
adviser for the Russian Ministry of Finance in Moscow from 1992-93. This was a period of rampant financial criminality
during which many Russian mineral assets came under the control of the so-called Jewish oligarchs who became instant
billionaires. Most of these oligarchs fled Russia when their crimes were exposed and now live in Britain or Israel, where they obtained citizenship.
Born in Boston on December 16, 1968, Orszag
graduated from Princeton University in 1991. He then attended the London
School of Economics, where he earned a degree in 1992 and where he obtained his PhD in 1997. The London School
of Economics was established by members of the Fabian Society, who believed in advancing socialism through gradual
reforms. The Fabian Society is a British socialist movement, whose purpose is to advance the principles of social
democracy via gradualist and reformist, rather than revolutionary means. The ideology of the Fabians is said to
be described in the quote, "Fabianism feeds on Capitalism, but excretes Communism."
In 1998, after serving in the Clinton administration, Orszag co-founded an economic consulting group company with
his brother and Joseph Stiglitz called Sebago Associates, where he served as president through 2007. The firm's
clients have included the World Bank, the Nordic Council of Ministers, and most notably, the Central Bank of Iceland.
The once prosperous economy of Iceland has been devastated by the current economic crisis, which its citizens
say was carried out by a gang of financial criminals who followed disastrous policies and advice - provided by
Peter Orszag and Company.
Americans would be well advised to be extremely vigilant with dangerous "Young Turks" like Peter
Orszag and Rahm Emanuel running the Obama White House and the U.S. budget.
The United States government today is not unlike the oil tanker
Sirius Star, hijacked by Somali pirates, except that the ship of state has been taken over by an organized
gang of Zionist pirates, an organization most people don't even know exists. This organization was created by members
of the Zionist terror groups, the Hagana, Irgun, Lehi, and their Mossad network. Members of these groups were
sent to the United States in the 1950s to raise dedicated Zionist agents
that would look and sound like Americans - but think like Israelis. In this way Zionists have gained control over
our government and media without the passengers even noticing. The only thing that most Americans notice is that
the voyage is not as smooth as they had expected and the ship seems to be sinking. The Zionist-controlled media
assures us, however, that all is well. Dream on.
Israeli intelligence is like the criminal organization, Quantum, in the James Bond film Quantum
of Solace. They are everywhere, supporting politicians on both sides of the aisle, creating and running
governments from the left and the right, yet you don't even know they exist. Over the past six decades, Israeli
agents have infiltrated every agency of the U.S. government and gained
access to the most critical computer networks. In order to understand what
the Obama administration will mean for America
and the world, it is essential to understand the Zionist agents behind Obama.
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Rahm Emanuel mulls chief of staff role in Barack Obama's administration
GOP strategist says Emanuel could moderate
Obama, add tougher style to complement boss' gentle touchNovember 06,
2008|By Naftali Bendavid, WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON — Rep. Rahm Emanuel might not appear at
first glance to be the obvious choice to serve as White House chief of staff for a president-elect who has spoken eloquently of setting aside partisan
differences and bringing the country together.
Emanuel, after all, is best known
as something of a Democratic political assassin. From his days as a top aide to President Bill Clinton to his recent
role leading the Democrats to a House majority,
Emanuel has relentlessly attacked his foes and gone ruthlessly after anyone who stood in his way.
Yet the Illinois congressman is mulling whether to accept President-elect Barack Obama's request that he serve
as his chief of staff. That means Emanuel would manage Obama's schedule, oversee the daily operations of the White
House and serve as a top adviser to
Perhaps the possibility is not as jarring as it might seem. For one
thing, precisely because Obama seems likely to adopt a unifying posture as president, he may need someone practiced
in the art of political hardball.
Republican strategist John Feehery -- who worked
for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Minority Leader Bob Michel, as well as former House Majority Leader
Tom DeLay -- said Emanuel could help prevent House Democrats from overreaching.
is really smart," Feehery said. "He understands that if Obama goes too far to the left, it's not going
to be good for the Democrats. I think he's the kind of guy who can knock some heads and help Obama guide the Congress toward the middle. I think that will be the goal. You will
need a bad cop to Obama's good cop, and Rahm will fill that role quite nicely."
unlike his politics, have always been centrist, very much in the mold of Clinton. In addition, a different Emanuel
has emerged in recent years, one who has forged friendships with Republicans and shown an ability to work with
them on occasion.
Emanuel is a consummate Chicagoan; he was born in the city and
attended New Trier West High School in the northern suburbs. He kicked off his political career working for such
powerhouses as Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and former Sen. Paul Simon, before joining Clinton's 1992 presidential
Along the way, Emanuel earned a reputation for a colorful intensity
unusual even in the hard-hitting world of politics. His profanity is legendary and seems designed in part to throw
his interlocutors off-balance. As a young political operative, he once joined other youthful colleagues in mailing
a dead fish to a Democratic pollster with whom he'd had a falling out.
excelled at fundraising, sometimes screaming and shouting at donors until they agreed to contribute -- generously
-- to his candidate. He threatened to tear up checks if he considered them too small.
After his White House stint, Emanuel returned to Chicago in 1998, making several million dollars as an
investment banker. That gave him the financial freedom to mount a hard-fought race for Congress in 2002.
When Nancy Pelosi tapped Emanuel to lead the Democratic efforts to recapture control of the House in 2006,
a certain mellowing and maturation became apparent. To be sure, Emanuel continued to browbeat anyone he considered
an obstacle -- steamrolling weaker Democratic candidates in favor of stronger ones, for example, or engaging in
legendary battles with party Chairman Howard Dean, not to mention launching all-out war against GOP candidates.
But Emanuel also showed an ability to cajole, flatter and even stroke his stable of Democratic hopefuls, going so far as to send them Eli's cheesecake
when they'd scored a political success. His rants became more selective, deployed as much for effect as out of
Leading his party to its first House majority in 12 years, Emanuel has now become the fourth-ranking Democrat
in the House. While continuing to launch cutting attacks on Republicans, he also has formed friendships with such
GOP lawmakers as Reps. Adam Putnam of Florida, Tom Cole of Oklahoma and Ray LaHood of Illinois. He's even become
friendly with White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten.
He joined Rep. Walter Jones,
a conservative North Carolina Republican, in an unsuccessful effort to establish a memorial to the Iraq War dead
in the U.S. Capitol rotunda. He also has teamed up with Republicans in an effort to expand children's health insurance.
Republicans respect what he has been able to do," Feehery said. "They think he's a formidable opponent.
They think he works his butt off. They won't particularly love him, but if he's smart, they will respect him."
When Emanuel's friend Obama began closing in on the presidency, many thought Emanuel would remain in
the House. He is potentially in line to become House speaker in a few years, and he could be of great use to his
fellow Illinoisan as a sounding board on the mood of Congress.
few Democrats have Emanuel's credentials for the chief of staff job. He has served as a top White House aide, meaning
he understands how that unique place works and where the pitfalls lie. And he holds a top leadership post in Congress, giving him insight into that
institution as well.
Obama apparently has concluded that this background, packaged
in the person of an old Chicago friend, is too valuable to pass up.
Naftali Bendavid of the Tribune's Washington Bureau
is the author of "The Thumpin': How Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats Learned to Be Ruthless and Ended the Republican