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AdLib On February - 2 - 2010

No, it’s not a new sitcom, it’s instead something we can finally call…bipartisanship!

Rahm Emanuel, Pres. Obama’s Chief of Staff, has insulted activist Progressive Dems and the handicapped which spurred Sarah Palin to call for his resignation.

As AP reports:

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Emanuel, exasperated upon learning that liberal special-interest groups were planning to run ads against conservative Democrats not supportive of health care reform, blasted the plan as “f—— retarded” over the summer.

Naturally, some outrage ensued after Emanuel’s words came to light, with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin taking to her Facebook page to call on President Obama to fire him for what she saw as the equivalent of a racial slur.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_pl1101

To be clear, Pres. Obama’s CoS, betrayed Progressives by selling them out on real HCR, along with the majority of Americans. To literally add insult to injury, Rahm then attacked Progresisve Dems willing to take action against Rahm’s anti-HCR allies with a frat boy mentality and insult that is a slur against the handicapped.

Considering all of this, let’s recap the lowlights of who Rahm is and what kind of a corporate tool and failure he is.

First, from Wikipedia:

Emanuel is known for his “take-no-prisoners style” that has earned him the nickname “Rahmbo.”[21] Emanuel is said to have sent a dead fish in a box to a pollster who was late delivering polling results.[17] On the night after the 1996 election, “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.”[5][7] Before Tony Blair gave a pro-Clinton speech during the impeachment crisis, Emanuel reportedly screamed to Blair’s face “Don’t fuck this up!” while Clinton was present; Blair and Clinton both burst into laughter.

Emanuel was named to the Board of Directors for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”) by then President Bill Clinton in 2000. His position earned him at least $320,000, including later stock sales.[31][32] He was not assigned to any of the board’s working committees, and the Board met no more than six times per year.[32]

During his time on the board, Freddie Mac was plagued with scandals involving campaign contributions and accounting irregularities.[32][33] The Obama Administration rejected a request under the Freedom of Information Act to review Freddie Mac board minutes and correspondence during Emanuel’s time as a director.[32]

The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) later accused the board of having “failed in its duty to follow up on matters brought to its attention.” Emanuel resigned from the board in 2001 when he ran for Congress.[34]

Emanuel was elected after the October 2002 joint Congressional resolution authorizing the Iraq War, and thus was not able to vote on it. However, in the lead up to the resolution Emmanuel spoke out strongly in support of the war, urging a United States’ “muscular projection of force” in Iraq. Emanuel has been the focus of anti-war protests for his support of funding bills for the war in Iraq, and his support, during Democratic party primaries, of Democratic party candidates that are more hawkish.

In January, 2003 he was named to the House Financial Services Committee, and sat on the subcommittee that oversaw Freddie Mac. A few months later, Freddie Mac Chief Executive Officer Leland Brendsel was forced out, and the committee and subcommittee commenced hearings lasting for more than a year. Emanuel skipped every hearing allegedly for reasons of avoiding any appearance of favoritism, impropriety, or conflict of interest.[39]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rahm_Emanuel

The key reason Rahm was chosen to be CoS was his “tough guy” style and his insight to and ability to get bills through Congress. In light of how HCR has stalled and is only a fraction of what Americans were promised and supported, Rahm is a failure.

As I stated in a previous post:

Rahm is the one who conceived and implementing the wrongheaded policy of working with lobbyists and their corporate clients in the Insurance industry, to have understandings with them on limitations of the scope of HCR in order to get their agreement not to oppose what they would try to pass.

As is quite apparent, the give aways to HC Corps that Rahm championed,  such as greatly increasing the time it will take for a drug to be sold as a cheaper generic, the continued ban against importing cheaper-priced drugs from Canada and other nations, the continued ban against the government being able to negotiate bulk rates for drugs and the lack of commitment to the Public Option and other items that would benefit the public at the expense of corporations…did not result in these slimeball corporations keeping their promises.

Rahm was also behind letting the Congress work everything out without  direction from Pres. Obama which continues to this day, an AP article yesterday stating that Dems are urgently looking to Obama to give them some direction on how to accomplish what he asked for in his SOTU address.

Had the realities of passing HCR been accepted at the outset, that there weren’t 60 votes in the Senate and that no matter what one was promised by the lying weasels at HC Corps, they are lying weasels who would never act ethically if it was against their own interests, HCR could have been strategized to have been passed a long time ago.

Rahm had one raison d’etre, to get bills through Congress. He was the guru, he was the genius, this was what he knew better than anyone.

And he destroyed this current opportunity with his DLC coziness with corporations and his incompetence at not recognizing that unethical HC corporations…are unethical.

Where is the accountability for this debacle? Rahm should be fired for his utter failure.

So, pro-HCR Dems and Sarah Palin Repubs may finally have a bipartisan agreement. Rahm should go.

How do you feel about it? Would you be willing to sign a letter to President Obama, asking him to consider removing Rahm Emanuel as his CoS? Please use the poll below to express yourself:

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Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

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  1. javaz says:

    Oh, I just can’t stand it anymore.
    It’s killing me, I tell you, killing me.
    But every thread is eventually about Sister Sarah, is it not?
    And since this article mentions Sister Sarah calling for Rahm to resign because he called liberals a bunch of freaking retards, it’s not OT.

    Was it the following day that Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show something to the effect about the liberals and political correctness being out of control in this country, because folks can’t call retards, retards any longer?
    And did Rush mention something about the White House holding a retard summit, similar to when the brouhaha erupted over the police officer arresting the AA professor for breaking into his own home and Obama held a beer summit?

    Sister Sarah’s call for Rahm’s resignation was undermined by her good buddy Rush, and it’s even making the rounds on the MSM about Sister Sarah refusing to take on Rush and demand an apology.

    And then there’s the taxes Sister Sarah and Mister Todd haven’t paid on their cabins in the wilds of Alaska.

    I don’t know about you, but I am so looking forward to Sister Sarah addressing the Teabagger Convention and reading her commonsense, Christian conservative, regular American, moose-hunting, wolf killing words to rile that base.

    And Rahm should resign because his hands are dirty from the Freddie Mac crap.

    There.
    Got that off my chest!

  2. FrankenPC says:

    Palin asking for someone to resign because of a verbal gaff? A PRIVATE one at that? AHHHHH HAHAHAHA!!!!!

    What a hypocritical tool. I seriously dislike that crackpot corporate whore.

  3. AdLib says:

    I must respectfully disagree with my friends here who express that we should not get rid of Rahm because, now that Palin has asked for it, that would be giving her a win.

    If Palin came out tomorrow in favor of ending DADT, we wouldn’t want to keep it in place for that same reason, right?

    It is a kind of cutting off our nose to spite our face, to keep a person in place that is sinking the Dem ship instead of replacing him with someone who may help because we don’t want some nitwit claiming victory.

    The bottom line is that it wouldn’t matter if a new CoS got meaningful HCR passed.

    We have to keep our eye on the ball, getting caught up in the politics of decisions is the enemy of good decisions. Not doing the right thing because of how others may crow about their calling for it is irrelevant.

    It’s results that matter, not the politics of not trying to look like you messed up.

    And IMO, there is no question that Obama messed up by selecting Rahm.

    I do agree that Obama is entitled to have whomever he chooses as CoS and I will still support Obama if he continues to let Rahm screw up his agenda. However, I do think it is my responsibility as a Progressive Dem to shout out, “The Emanuel has no clothes!”.

    Obama is not infallible, he’s made mistakes as all humans do. I feel strongly that he has made and is making a big mistake with Rahm and it is endangering his agenda, the opportunity for profound change and Dem control of Congress and the WH.

    So, I still support a petition asking for Pres. Obama to consider firing Rahm and putting in a less corporatist, more progressive CoS.

    I will suggest that it could take place after this incident has blown over though.

    • javaz says:

      I agree AdLib.

      Rahm’s got dirty hands and this bothers me tremendously --

      The Obama Administration rejected a request under the Freedom of Information Act to review Freddie Mac board minutes and correspondence during Emanuel

    • AlphaBitch says:

      Well put, as always AdLib. I’m on the same page as you. It’s hard, but sometimes “patience is a virtue” can be my mantra. Besides, I rail against the concept of instant gratification in our society ALL the time. So we’ll wait….and see….and maybe Mr. O will decide for himself that it’s best to shoo the rat away.

    • Khirad says:

      If Palin came out tomorrow in favor of ending DADT, we wouldn

  4. escribacat says:

    Just to clarify, my friends. That leggy picture of Rahm was NOT Rahm, right? And you had me believing, Cher! The one with the afro is Rahm. Also, the picture of Robert Downey Jr is NOT Rahm. The other young picture of Rahm is Rahm.

    Is that right?

    😆

    • Chernynkaya says:

      That’s right, e’cat. But if it’s any consolation, i thought that leggy picture was Rahm until Nellie convinced my it was phtoshopped. But everything else is true: Robert Downey Jr. is the guy with the white tie, and Rahm is the kid with the afro in tights. Whew! AdLib will be glad we got over that. And we have no idea who the original body on one knee is either.

  5. PatsyT says:

    Well I would be a No in this vote
    Mostly because I do not want to give that dark side any victory of any kind.
    That said, Dancers must learn many styles
    How About it Rahm ??

    Dump those pesky insiders.

    You can dance if you want to…
    you can leave your friends behind…
    cause your friends don’t dance….


  6. darleneslee says:

    I must be the only dissenter in the bunch. I’m not saying that I agree with the way that Rham has handled himself or his employment, but I don’t find him to be as offensive as the rest. There are many employers that portray the same character traits as Rham. I think the only reason his are scrutinized are because of his high profile positions. Cher feels that Rham brings a sense of shame and stigma to the Jewish people, all I can say is go see the movie Precious. We all have people or cultural stains that we would rather forget. I found Rham and his brothers to be over-achieving precocious brats.They probably all have horrible manners and are not what we seek to be, but I have seen worse.

    • LABC63 says:

      I share your dissent -- I don’t doubt the stories about Emmanuel, but I don’t find him the center of evil. Given some of the childish, circular shooting fire behavior of so-called progressives, featured prominently on HuffPost -- temper tantrums, wailing about betrayal, laundry lists of “why can’t Obama executive order health care”, walking away at the slightest provocation instead of using some political capital to help bolster the argument (i.e. make some noise), and political tone-deafness, it is not hard to see why he might not feel too warmly.

      Asking for someone to be fired doesn’t take our responsibility away in how this health care reform became a debacle.

    • Chernynkaya says:

      I do want to see that movie! :-)

  7. Chernynkaya says:

    I know--I am immature and an uncultured bourgeois. But I have to post this pic of Rahm the ballet dancer.

    ” alt=”rahm” />

    • Chernynkaya says:

      Well, I sure elevated this topic-- NOT! :-)

    • escribacat says:

      I find this information to be incredibly redeeming! 😆

    • PatsyT says:

      I love it…
      Take that Tom Delay!

    • nellie says:

      Is that really Rahm, or Rahm’s head on another dancer?

      • Chernynkaya says:

        It’s Rahm. He studied ballet for years at either Juilliard or with a ballet company. That takes solid brass balls!

        EDIT: He won a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet but turned it down to attend Sarah Lawrence College, a liberal arts school with a strong dance program.-- Wiki

        • escribacat says:

          No way! I was sure it was a fake! The look on his face….omg.

          • Chernynkaya says:

            I think all ballet dancers must learn that expression as they learn to plie. ( How do you spell that bend they do toes out?)

            • escribacat says:

              Yeah, that’s right. It needs a thingie over the e. (Okay, I looked it up). Well, I’ve learned something new today. I have to say this makes him a lot more interesting — not particularly from a political viewpoint but from a human viewpoint.

            • escribacat says:

              I’m also thinking you have to be a perfectionist to be a ballet dancer — to get any good at it anyway. It is such a precise form of dance.

            • Chernynkaya says:

              Doesn’t it? I mean that takes incredible confidence- or dare I say BALLS! Can you imagine the ribbing he must have endured? Probably made him defiant.)

        • nellie says:

          I know he’s a dancer — but doesn’t his face look kind of old in that picture?

          • Mightywoof says:

            Take it from an ex-dancer -- the photo is fake. The angle of the head is all wrong :)

          • escribacat says:

            Jinx again! ~eerie music~

          • Chernynkaya says:

            Yes it does, but I assumed he is prematurely gray. I have seen the photo in so many places, I figure it’s authentic.

            • Chernynkaya says:

              Nellie-- you’re right-- I do think the Pic was photoshopped. My bad!! 😳

              Here’s the real deal:

              ” alt=”rahm” />

            • nellie says:

              Here’s Rahm when he was younger (and I’m sure after he was done w dancing):

              ” alt=”rahmm” />

              I mean — whooo — so I’m thinking that ballet photo is photoshopped.

            • PatsyT says:

              Nellie
              That was a good laugh
              I think Rahm would be flattered
              Nighty night folks…..

            • nellie says:

              Okay -- sorry about that!!

              😆

              That’s what I get for trying to post while I’m watching Colbert and playing solitaire….

              ” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Here’s a younger Rahm

              ” alt=”rahmmm” />
              I still think that other picture is doctored.

            • nellie says:

              omg — you’re right!

              I went by the caption in the times — so something went very very wrong.

              Robert looks good!

            • Chernynkaya says:

              Nellie-- are you pulling our legs-- Patsy’s and mine? That IS Robert Downey jr! You little devil 😈

            • PatsyT says:

              Cher JINX !

            • PatsyT says:

              That looks a lot like Robert Downey Junior??
              Hmmmm could it be?
              I think that ballet photo could be photoshopped
              but it is all true about his dance background
              I think that part of him is pretty cool
              i sent you a email

            • Chernynkaya says:

              Wow-- Rahm and Robert Downey Jr. --separated at birth! 😆

  8. kesmarn says:

    This is hardly a rational reason to be hesitant about giving Rahm his pink slip, but, here it is: Barack Obama seems to see something there. I realize I may sound as though I’ve been hitting the Kool-Aide, but Obama seems to have some pretty sound political instincts. They’ve served him well so far. And he picked this guy. I glanced through his election records in Illinois, and it wasn’t unusual for him to get 75-78% of the vote. Is it possible there’s something we’re not seeing?

    I also wonder, like b’ito, if this would be the right move at this point in time. I can see the right crowing over Rahm’s dismissal. “Obama Administration In Disarray,” “Palin Routs Emanuel, Tea Party Triumph,” would be the headlines.

    The guy is a pit bull, no doubt. But pit bulls on short leashes can sometimes be useful.

    And--much as I admire Cher’s willingness to recognize Emanuel’s family as less than shining examples of what it is to be Jewish in America, I have to confess that the most over-achieving-yet-intolerable wing of my family is Irish-German Catholic. And they act exactly the same way the Emanuel family is reported as behaving in the cited NYT article! Hyper-obnoxiousness apparently knows no religious, ethnic or cultural limits 😀 . It seems to be part and parcel of humanity in general!

    Needless, to say, if Rahm really screws up, all the above is tossed and he goes home on the next train. I think his failures to date, though, may have as much to do with Repub intransigence as with his own ineptitude.

    • darleneslee says:

      if one looks at the president opposition, he needs an abrasive pit bull. I think that Rham and Obama being polar opposites in personality works. When you have a large diverse staff,a contentious congress, combined with the low information electorate, it requires that someone play the loud, heavy handed, obnoxious bully.

      • kesmarn says:

        darleneslee, it’s interesting that you noted this. I’ve seen other people who refer to it as the “good cop/bad cop” dynamic going on there.

    • nellie says:

      That would be my only hesitation, as well, kesmarn. I think Obama has impeccable political instincts. But in this case, I think the administration is losing support because they are not listening to the public. And that comes from Rahm, I believe. He is dismissive of the progressive community — but the problem is, at this time the progressive community is expressing what most of the country wants. So, to me, that means the White House has been tone deaf to the citizens.

      And that cost us a seat in the senate. In a way, that’s a good thing, because it gave the Dems a jolt they sorely needed. And it seems to have given Barack a jolt as well. He is back out in the public, where he can get the real pulse of the country. Rahm has been in the way of that.

      I think Obama needs someone with a better understanding of middle America. Someone who will enhance the president’s instincts rather than counter them. David Plouffe is back, and that’s very good.

      I don’t think the GOP is going to be moved on any policy. And we need to stop putting compromises into legislation to cater to Republicans when we know they’re going to vote NO. We need to act like we have 55 votes — because I think that’s what we really have. Rahm is too eager to move to the right for those extra votes. We need someone who deals with the congress differently — strategizing with fewer votes that support the policies Americans actually want and need.

      • kesmarn says:

        You make a good case, nellie.
        I have to say that I do think that the Massachusetts loss was less due to the White House than to a Dem candidate who was a weird combination of indifferent and overconfident and a seriously disgruntled (if misguided) electorate. (I also have to grudgingly admit that Scott Brown is an effective campaigner. A sort of Joe-the-Plumber-with-a-brain who, frankly, worries me. I’m seeing 2012 candidate there, maybe. But I digress.)

        Like you, I’m glad to see Obama out there and engaged in give-and-take in the public eye. I wonder, though, is this new-found feistiness happening in spite of Emanuel or because of him? I guess we may never know.

        Believe me, I’m not a tremendous fan of R.E.’s. If the Prez announced tomorrow that he was getting rid of him, I wouldn’t be in tears about it. I’m just a bit concerned, though, about giving the right any reason to feel that they’ve had a hand in his ouster.

      • bitohistory says:

        nellie, you may like to take a look at this new pot on HCR from Pelosi in the Wonk Room.

        Pelosi On Health Reform:

        • nellie says:

          Yes, I know this is the new strategy, and it’s very smart. I think they can get health care through this way. But we also have banking regulation, climate legislation, educational reform, a jobs bill. We have other legislation that needs to pass with the Senate constituted as it is now.

          I’d like to see a chief of staff who can work w 55 votes in the Senate without compromising the legislation. I don’t think Rahm is that person.

    • Chernynkaya says:

      Kes, you actually made me feel better about Rahm and the Jewish thing! Well said!

    • bitohistory says:

      k’es, If I were articulate, I would have typed that! 😉

  9. SueInCa says:

    Let me preface my comment with this statement. I don’t like Rahm Emanuel, but for Sarah Palin to call for anyone’s resignation should be a sign to do the opposite. She treats that kid like a sack of potatoes. That does not give someone the right to say retarded but it shows me she uses that kid for political gain every chance she gets, so her motive is suspect.

    I am not sure what all the hullaballoo is about Rahm. It was no secret just exactly what he was in the beginning. I did not hear too much nice stuff about him so I am wondering why all the clamor now instead of when he was first brought on? Should he have said retarded? IMHO, no, he is the chief of staff and should set the example. Was there a clue that these types of statements would come from him in the beginning? Of course, everyone knows the history of Emanuel. Should we listen to everyone who cries “fire him” and follow their heed everytime someone says it? No. Should he apologize, yes. They are now crying for Holder’s resignation, when does it all end?

    • bitohistory says:

      Seems to me whether Rham is there or not there are 41 votes against-anything. Who is the new CoS supposed to negotiate with? The R’s?

      • Chernynkaya says:

        Maybe with the progressive caucus for a change? Healthcare is in danger by them in the House. And Rahm is hated by the Repukes and the feeling is mutual, so maybe another COS would actually be able to get a few lone wolfs in the House.

        • bitohistory says:

          Cher says: “so maybe another COS would actually be able to get a few lone wolfs in the House.”

          “Maybe” being the operative word? the progressives can’t pass a bill alone. the blue dogs can’t pass a bill alone. The center can’t pass a bill alone. so just who are these lone wolves? R’s?

          Is Rahm just the closest SOB/asshole that passes for a handy scapegoat?

          • Chernynkaya says:

            OK, Bito-- maybe it’s really not important that Rahm’s an arrogant jerk. What does matter is that his strategy hasn’t worked. He placed all the Blues Dogs in the House-- yeah, he was successful in getting them elected, but how do we know more center-left candidates wouldn’t have won? And so what that they won? What have we really gained through our majority in the House as far as the Blues are concerned? Pyrrhic victory.

            And as far as I can see, he completely botched the centerpiece of his boss’s agenda. Now, I don’t hold Obama blameless either, but Rahm’s tactics were unsuccessful. So I’ll forget that Rahm is obnoxious, and I’d forgive him too, if he were effective, but he’s not.

            Finally, he is becoming a liability-- and fairly so. I don’t buy into good cop/bad/cop-- it’s on Obama. If Obama wants to keep him, Rahm won’t suffer the consequences — the prez will, but Obama knows that.

            And in conclusion (really) I have to agree somewhat with Sue. Because Palin called for his demise makes me wonder if now is the wrong time to dump him.

            • nellie says:

              Well, he wouldn’t leave tomorrow. :-) And there’s always some rationale that gets pulled out when things aren’t working.

              I’m with you, Cher. I don’t care how obnoxious he is if he gets the job done. But he isn’t getting the job done. Here we are in February, stalemated on a bill that was supposed to pass last August.

              I have to wonder if Howard Dean would have let the Finance Committee get away with the stalling it did last summer. I don’t think he would have.

            • Chernynkaya says:

              True Nellie. Might be time to spend more time with his family? Pursue other opportunities? Join the ballet? (Did you know he was a ballet dancer?)

      • SueInCa says:

        LOL he is probably more their type than the D’s LOL

  10. bitohistory says:

    To remove him right now would be a politically importune time. I think it would be best to remove him from the responsibility of negotiating with the house.
    A House liaison should be appointed for that job. I am not sure who that might be but some one who has recently left the house may be best.

  11. Khirad says:

    Emanuel reportedly screamed to Blair

    • AdLib says:

      IMO, the word “retarded” doesn’t carry the cringe factor as much today because it has re-emerged, especially in comedies as an edgier/funny insult.

      The thing is, in most of these cases it’s used on non-handicapped people to say, “stupid”.

      The handicapped community however does regard it as an insulting slur and when one says that word, is not the mental image of someone with a birth defect or handicap?

      While I don’t believe in political correctness, I do think that if a group justifiably feels denigrated by a word, it should be appreciated. On the other hand, when others unjustifiably express objections at appropriate terms, such as “Teabaggers”, too bad.

      The other complication is that the words “retard” and “retarded” are commonly used words professionally, certainly in science (using a process to retard growth of a bacteria or its growth being retarded, as well as fire-retardant clothes).

      So the words can’t reasonably become fully taboo but in reference to the stupidity of people, the word “stupid” always seems to do the job just fine, as in, “It was stupid of Rahm to refer to the most activist base of his party in such a denigrating way.”

      • moongal6 says:

        Retarded; To cause to move or proceed slowly; delay or impede.
        I believe that Rahm used the word appropriately. He was commenting on those “fucking retarded” people who were trying to block his way.
        The word retarded has little to do with the child of the citizen from Alaska, and much to do with the millions who believe in her. The citizen really does believe that everything is about her. Rahm used the word retarded, not retard.
        I spend the better part of my career working with and caring for Developmentally Disabled people. I enjoyed every day of it. The definition of the word(s) retarded, retard have been corrupted yet again by our massacre of the English language. Rahm is not one of my favorite people in the WH, but today would not be a good day to axe him.

    • Chernynkaya says:

      Khirad, I think the word “retarded” is as politically incorrect as the word “Negro”. And when someone within a group finds a word for their group offensive, that’s good enough for me, even if it’s Palin-- who is the real retard in that family! There, I’ve just been politically incorrect! 😉

  12. AlphaBitch says:

    [Meant to be a reply to Cher, below. Sorry -- I’m rusty]

    Wow, Cher! I have so little time, and had just logged on to take a quick peek (I’ve been telling folks about the Criminal Elements Table from KQ).

    What a heart-felt, honest and at the same time sad comment. But let it be a consolation of some sorts to you -- I was reared as a Lutheran, and boy oh boy, do we have stereotypes of bad things in our culture too. And THEN I became a Methodist. Guess who else thinks he is a Methodist? Dick Cheney. Need I say more? So talk about people representing the worst of your culture or religion….

    I have spent the last three years, working with my Afghan kiddos. I have more Muslim friends now than Methodist, in all likelihood. One of the sweetest, most touching moments in my life was when my Jewish friend Barbie made iftar for my first three children during Ramadan. I cried. And they GOT it.

    Assholes are assholes (God, it’s so nice to be able to say that!) no matter their faith/culture. And good people are good people. You are one of the best. Thank you for your thoughts, and sharing them on the Planet.

    • Chernynkaya says:

      I appreciate your kind words,Alpha, and I think what you are doing with those kids is beyond admirable--beyond commendable--it’s just the highest we can aspire to!

      I really can’t explain it to non-Jews-- the Emanuel thing. I think you know what I mean by that; it’s insider stuff. But they are what we call “professional Jews” not meaning that they have a profession, but that they wear their pridefulness in being Jews-- they positively swagger. Ugh.

  13. Kalima says:

    From what I’ve read about this guy, he isn’t doing the President any favours and should definitely not be the one to have Obama’s ear. Seems to me he’s been taking advantage of the President’s first year year to give him bad advice, which will bolster his own questionable agenda. I don’t think that this man can be trusted as far as the President could throw him.

  14. nellie says:

    I’d be interested in working on a petition, AdLib. I’d love to send the president a well supported, diplomatically worded argument that a different approach is needed, and maybe even include a few suggestions for a replacement.

    I think the Chief of Staff should be, above all, a good negotiator. It’s hard to negotiate with someone who’s yelling epithets while stabbing the banquet table with a carving knife.

    • Khirad says:

      And yet not the other extreme -- a masterful negotiator, but lacking charisma and lacking even a little touch of force, like Reid.

      Who would our Goldilocks be?

    • AdLib says:

      I would be honored and delighted to work with you on a petition.

      I agree, it should be thoughtfully worded and presented as constructively as possible though it should be frank.

      As you say, his demeanor is not in keeping with what Obama represents nor has Rahm proved to be effective or successful.

      And lastly, his exhibition of spite at those Dems who are activist, who are at the heart of the party and why Obama was elected, is unacceptable.

    • SanityNow says:

      I agree that this should not be solely an argument for Rahm’s removal but a recommendation for an effective replacement. Who would those people be? Are there many or really only a couple?


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