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Rahm Emanuel: Obama Chief Of Staff (SLIDESHOW)


First Posted: 11- 6-08 10:54 AM   |   Updated: 12- 7-08 05:12 AM

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Who is Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama's Chief of Staff? Check out HuffPost's slideshow for more information and read HuffPost's Rahm Emanuel BigNews Page. And for even more news on Rahm, read the latest on how he mulled over the big White House job.

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Emanuel talks to Obama at a Chicago 2016 Olympic rally at Daley Center Plaza in Chicago in June 2008.

After much back-and-forth, Rahm Emanuel has officially accepted the post of White House Chief of Staff.


Rahm Emanuel publicly mulled over Obama's offer to ABC's Chicago affiliate Thursday:


"Now, my view is, I have obviously two great opportunities, as you know, before me," Emanuel said. "I have to make a decision about my family. I've been in the White House. I used to joke in the White House that on Fridays, I would say: it's two more workdays till Monday. When I was in the White House, I didn't have children. I do know something about the White House, and I do have children now. I have a family."

"And so you weigh these--what is the opportunity for your children, and what is the cost? And then you weigh, obviously, the choice if I have this offer, what do I want to do? And so I know--first of all, I'm honored even to be considered. I'm honored, as I say, to be re-elected. These are uptown choices. This is not a professional choice. This is a personal choice about what my wife & I want to do for our family, as much as what to do with my career.

"Just so you know, when I chose to run for Congress, I took months to think about it. This is being asked in a few days.


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