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02/24/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Rahm Emanuel: 'The Second Most Powerful Person In The Country'

Earlier this month, Barack Obama was meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers when Rahm Emanuel, his chief of staff, began nervously cracking a knuckle.

Mr. Obama then turned to complain to Mr. Emanuel about his noisy habit.

At which point, Mr. Emanuel held the offending knuckle up to Mr. Obama's left ear and -- like an annoying little brother -- snapped off a few special cracks.

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