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Rahm Emanuel

From The New Yorker

From The New Yorker

  • Rahm Israel Emanuel born November 29, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois to Jewish parents(Source)
  • White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama(Source)
  • Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Illinois’s 5th congressional district from 2003 until his resignation in 2009(Source)
  • Rahm’s family:
  • His father, Benjamin M. Emanuel, a Jerusalem-born pediatrician, was a member of the militant Zionist group Irgun. His mother, Marsha Smulevitz, was the daughter of a Chicago union organizer. She worked in the civil rights movement and owned, briefly, a local rock-and-roll club. She is now a psychiatric social worker. The two met in Chicago in the 1950s. Emanuel’s older brother Ezekiel J. Emanuel is an oncologist and bioethicist, and his brother Ari Emanuel a Hollywood talent agent. He has an adopted sister, Shoshanna, 14 years his junior.(Source)

  • Graduate of the Evanston School of Ballet(Source)
  • Senior advisor and chief fundraiser for Richard M. Daley’s victorious campaign for Mayor of Chicago in 1989(Source)
  • Director of the Finance Committee of Bill Clinton’s Presidential Primary Campaign
  • Senior advisor to Clinton at the White House from 1993 to 1998:
  • He was a leading strategist in the unsuccessful White House efforts to institute universal healthcare and many other Clinton initiatives.(Source)

  • “Rahmbo”:
  • Emanuel is known for his “take-no-prisoners style” that has earned him the nickname “Rahmbo.” Emanuel is said to have sent a dead fish in a box to a pollster who was late delivering polling results. 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.” 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. However, by 2007 his close friends were saying that he has “mellowed out.”

  • Emanuel resigned from Clinton administration and became an investment banker at Wasserstein Perella (now Dresdner Kleinwort)-1998 to 2002-he reportedly made $16.2 million in his two-and-a-half-years as a banker
  • Named to the Board of Directors for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”) by then President Bill Clinton in 2000
  • During his time on the board, Freddie Mac was plagued with scandals involving campaign contributions and accounting irregularities. 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. 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.(Source)


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