12/07/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Rahm Emanuel: Obama Chief Of Staff (SLIDESHOW)

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.

Who Is Rahm Emanuel?

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

"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.