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The High And Lows Of Rahm Emanuel's Chief Of Staff Tenure

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 10/01/10 11:59 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:55 PM ET

When Barack Obama made the transition from one-term Illinois Senator to 44th President of the United States, he employed the help of some vital Washington power-brokers to help him navigate the duties of the White House.

Rahm Emanuel, tapped as Chief of Staff, was perhaps the most important. Known "as a profanity-spewing operative with a keen understanding of how to employ power on behalf of a new president with relatively little experience in Washington," Emanuel used his rough-and-tumble efficiency to help coordinate and implement the President's agenda.

This Friday, Emanuel's tenure as Chief of Staff will end, as he departs the White House to mount a campaign for Mayor of Chicago. Pete Rouse will take his place.

HuffPost has compiled a restrospective of the highs and lows of Emanuel's time in the Obama Administration:

Calls Washington Culture 'F---nutsville'
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An August issue of Vanity Fair described Rahm Emanuel as slightly taxed by the speed of Washington life, which he concisely summed up as "Fucknutsville":

It got so bad last December that President Obama and Emanuel would joke that, when it was all over, they were going to open a T-shirt stand on a beach in Hawaii. It would face the ocean and sell only one color and one size. “We didn’t want to make another decision, or choice, or judgment,” Emanuel tells Purdum. They took to beginning staff meetings with Obama smiling at Emanuel and simply saying “White,” and Emanuel nodding back and replying “Medium.”
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