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Click on this text to watch Sen. Chuck Schumer speak of the Two Leading Jewish Families Of Chicago that Got Barack Obama Started In Politics (the Emanuels and Klutzniks)....

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Who Ran the Obama White House?
 
 
The day after Barack Obama was elected president, the Israeli press proudly proclaimed that the new president had chosen an Israeli, Rahm Emanuel, to manage the new administration. "Obama's first pick: Israeli Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff" was the Ha'aretz headline of November 6, 2008.  The controlled press in the United States, however, keeps the American public unaware that Obama's new chief of staff is an Israeli, with terrorist roots and a sworn loyalty to the state of Israel. 
 

Rahm Emanuel, first
Chief of Staff of the Obama White House, is the son of a real Zionist terrorist and served in the Israeli army.  The late Sherman Skolnick of Chicago called Emanuel the "Acting Deputy Chief for North America of the Mossad -­ Israeli Intelligence." Skolnick reported that Emanuel's father Benjamin had been "part of the Israeli assassin team that murdered Sweden's Count [Folke] Bernadotte" in 1948. Bernadotte was the United Nations envoy who was sent to Palestine to find a solution to the UN Partition Plan that gave Palestinian land to Jews from Poland and Russia.
 
 
Here are some key extracts from the Ha'aretz article:
 
 
A day after his historic election to become the first black American president, Barack Obama stepped into the role of president-elect yesterday, inviting Rahm Emanuel to join his administration as White House chief of staff, Democratic officials said.  
Emanuel, a former Bill Clinton adviser, is the son of a Jerusalem-born pediatrician who was a member of the Irgun (Etzel or IZL), a militant Zionist group that operated in Palestine between 1931 and 1948… 
 
 
Rahm Emanuel's father, Benjamin, yesterday refused to comment on the report that his son was appointed White House chief of staff. He told Ha'aretz that he would only comment after speaking to his son.


"Obama is a pro-Israeli leader and will be a friend to
Israel," he said, adding that he was pleased with Obama's election. He also said his son is the namesake of Rahamim, a Lehi combatant who was killed. 
 
 
 
Rahm Emanuel is named after a Zionist fighter who belonged to the Stern Gang, which was a terrorist organization linked with the Nazis.  Before moving to Chicago, his father was an active member of this terrorist group of assassins and bombers, which was also known as LEHI.  This information is not discussed on CNN.  The Zionist-controlled media censors these disturbing, but important facts.
 
 
Emanuel's father, Benjamin, told Ma'ariv, a Hebrew-language Israeli paper, that his son's appointment would be good for Israel. "Obviously he will influence the president to be pro-Israel," the Jerusalem Post reported. "Why wouldn't he be? What is he, an Arab? He's not going to clean the floors of the White House." 
 

Rahm Emanuel with his brothers and father, a Zionist terrorist from the Irgun and LEHI
 
 
The Obama White House chief of staff speaks Hebrew and spends most summers in Tel Aviv, his Israeli father proudly told Ma'ariv.  After Emanuel was named chief of staff, none of the Zionist-controlled media outlets in the United States mentioned the Emanuel family roots with the Nazi-linked terror gangs in Palestine in the 1930s and 1940s. Naftali Bendavid of the Zionist-owned Chicago Tribune, for example, wrote a book about Emanuel and spent a great deal of time with him, but completely avoided discussin Rahm's Israeli roots in the article he wrote for the Tribune on November 6. 
 
 
"POLITICAL ASSASSIN"


Bendavid wrote that Emanuel "is best known as something of a Democratic political assassin" who "might not appear to be the obvious choice for White House chief of staff for a president-elect who speaks eloquently of setting aside partisan differences and bringing the country together."
 
 
 
Emanuel is known for using gangster tactics to threaten people. He once mailed a rotting dead fish to a campaign pollster who had not produced results to Emanuel's liking. Sending a dead fish to a person is a well-known Mafia message, which warns the recipient that he will "sleep with the fishes" unless he heeds the warning. 
 
 
Rolling Stone magazine revealed more of Emanuel's gangster behavior in an article entitled "The Enforcer" on October 20, 2005: 
 
 
"The night after Clinton was elected, 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. "When he was done, the table looked like a lunar landscape," one campaign veteran recalls. "It was like something out of The Godfather. But that's Rahm for you." 

"Republicans are 'bad people who deserve a two-by-four upside their heads.'"
- Rahm Emanuel, New York Times, January 24, 2009
 
 
Emanuel certainly seems to have a penchant for violence, which might not seem so unusual for a person named after two Irgun terrorists: one named Rahamim (Rahm), and the other an uncle named Emanuel.  Bendavid's book was cited by the New York Times of January 24, 2009, as being the source of the Emanuel quote that Republicans are "bad people who deserve a two-by-four upside their heads."  Once again, the Times article, entitled "Obama's Partisan, Profane Confidant Reins It In", conspicuously failed to mention Emanuel's Israeli roots.  Obviously, the New York Times considers this information it would prefer the reader not know. This is a perfect example how the Zionist-controlled media controls public opinion by omitting important information.
 
 
 
 
It should come as no surprise that the New York Times article chooses not to mention Emanuel's Israeli roots -- or the fact that his father was a member of the Irgun, the most murderous terrorist group in Palestine in the 1930s and 40s. The New York Times is the leading Zionist-controlled newspaper in the United States by virtue of the fact that it has been controlled by the Sulzberger family, founding members of B'nai B'rith (secret organization of Jewish Freemasons) Lodge No. 1 of New York, for more than one hundred years.  Likewise, the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times are both owned by a Chicago Zionist named Samuel Zell. 

Sam Zell's parents, named Zielonka, left Poland in 1939.
 
 
The Zionist controlled media also failed to investigate the evidence of Emanual's involvement with the impeached Illinois governor, Rod Blagojevich, and his role in the activity that led to Blagojevich being removed from office. Blagojevich specifically told CNN's Larry King that he wanted the tapes of his conversations with Rahm Emanuel released. So, why weren't they?  Why is Emanuel being protected? 

Impeached Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and Rahm Emanuel
 
 
Emanuel's brother, Ariel, is film-maker Michael Moore's agent. The day after the election, Moore joked about Emanuel's appointment on the Larry King Show. Moore made a film about 9-11, produced by the Weinstein brothers, which completely avoided mentioning the many Israeli connections to the terror attacks. This is a good example of how the so-called "alternative" media is just as controlled as is the "mainstream" media – by Zionist Jews. 

Rahm and Ariel, Michael Moore's Hollywood agent
 
 
Americans should be aware of the role this violent and uncouth Israeli has played in the Obama White House. The chief of staff controls the people around the president - he decides who sees the president, what he hears, and what he knows. The people surrounding the president report to the chief of staff. Emanuel was the intellectual handler of President Obama (a continuation of the role he has played for years) and the controller of the White House. Do you think having an Israeli gangster with terrorist roots running the White House affects U.S. relations with Iran, Russia, the Palestinians - and the rest of the world? 
 
 
 
Emanuel actually left the United States to serve in the Israeli army in 1991. A person from any other nation would lose his U.S. citizenship for serving in a foreign military. Why are Israelis running the U.S. government?   


NAMED AFTER LEHI TERRORIST 
 
 
Emanuel's father said Rahm is "the namesake of Rahamim, a Lehi combatant."  LEHI, a.k.a. the Stern Gang, was the most radical Zionist terrorist group in the 1940s.  The Stern Gang killed scores of British soldiers and assassinated both Lord Moyne and Count Folke Bernadotte (the United Nations envoy from Sweden).  They also killed hundreds of innocent Palestinians, such as the civilian population of Deir Yassin.  This Zionist terror group was allied with the Nazis in their war against the British.  Both of Emanuel's parents, Benjamin Emanuel (formerly Auerbach) and Marsha Smulevitz, lived in Israel and are related to Lehi fighters.  This is to say that Emanuel's father, a Jew, fought with the Nazis. 


Why would a dedicated Zionist, born in Jerusalem, and a dedicated member of a Zionist terrorist organization, move to Chicago after the creation of the state of Israel?  Had he given up on the Zionist state?  Not at all, Benjamin Emanuel had embarked on a new mission for Israel – a mission for life. 


After the failed "Lavon Affair," a series of failed Zionist false-flag terror attacks in Egypt, Israeli intelligence was revamped by Yossi Harel, a.k.a. Joseph Hamburger.  Israel sent scores of high-level agents to the United States, often with an American spouse. The Emanuel family of Chicago is one of them; the Chertoff family of New Jersey is another; Yossi Harel went to Los Angeles
. There are many more. 
 
 
Rahm Emanuel is the same Israeli who ran the White House under Bill Clinton, as one of Clinton's senior advisors.  Emanuel is the person who pushed through the disastrous NAFTA legislation, a bill that devastated the U.S. manufacturing sector.  It should be remembered that it was during the Clinton administration, while the president dallied with his chunky Jewish girlfriend, that the foundation of the Zionist terror network that pulled off 9-11 was laid. In 2009, Rahm Emanuel, the son of a terrorist, was back in the Oval Office. 
 
 
Emanuel is part of the Chicago-based team of political Zionists with David Axelrod, Obama's chief campaign strategist. Obama thanked Axelrod by name during his November 2008 victory speech in Chicago's Grant Park.  Axelrod's father, Joseph, a Jewish immigrant from someplace near the Black Sea, hanged himself in 1974 when David was a nineteen-year-old student at the University of Chicago.  His mother was a communist journalist in New York. 

David Axelrod - Obama's chief political strategist and handler
 
 
 
Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod have been working together since 1984 when they teamed up to help Paul Simon defeat Sen. Charles Percy (R-Ill.).  These hard-core Zionists were not working for reform in Illinois; their only agenda was to defeat the incumbent Sen. Percy because he was the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and was pushing for a settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. These Zionist agents went on to manage the Chicago mayoral campaign of Richard M. Daley, the son of Richard J. Daley. Finally, these two Zionists spearheaded the campaign to put Barack Obama into the White House. Axelrod and Emanuel, however, were sponsored by a much higher Zionist -- Bettylu Saltzman, the daughter of Chicago's super-Zionist, Philip M. Klutznick. 

Bettylu Saltzman - daughter of Chicago's Philip M. Klutznick
 
 
Axelrod has been creating and shaping Candidate Obama since 1992. "Axelrod met Obama when the senator was 30 years old and coordinating a voter-registration drive in Chicago and Betty Lou Saltzman, a doyenne of progressive politics in Chicago, suggested that the two get to know each other," the New York Times reported in early 2007. "In the 15 years since, Axelrod has worked through Obama's life story again and again, scouring it for usable political material." 
 
 
Bettylu Saltzman has been supporting and financing Obama's political career since 1992, long before he ran for office. Saltzman is the only daughter of the Zionist leader, Philip Morris Klutznick. In 1992, when Obama was thirty years old, Saltzman told Axelrod and others, "He will be our first black president.'' Saltzman then commissioned Axelrod to create Obama, the presidential candidate. 

Philip M. Klutznick
 
 
 
Saltzman's father, Philip M. Klutznick, was Israel's biggest supporter in Chicago. Klutznick, who passed away in August 1999, was the former president of B'nai B'rith International (1953-59), president of the World Jewish Congress, general chairman of the United Jewish Appeal (UJA), president of the American Friends of the Hebrew University, vice-president of the Jewish Welfare Board, a founder of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, president of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, and vice president of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, among other things. 
 
 
 
Axelrod and Emanuel worked together to create an image for Obama the candidate since 2003. "For four years Axelrod has had camera crews tracking virtually everything Obama has done in public -- chatting up World War II vets in southern Illinois, visiting his father's ancestral village in western Kenya -- and there were days when the camera crews have outnumbered the civilians," Ben Wallace-Wells reported in the New York Times article of April 1, 2007. 

Obama, the politician, was created by David Axelrod, who writes his speeches and guides his political strategy.
 
 
 
CHANGE? 
 
 
In October 2008 I warned readers that the Obama ticket was really a hard-core Zionist ticket in disguise.  In my article "Colin Powell: Liar & War Criminal Endorses Obama," I advised my readers of the Israeli gangsters behind Obama:   
 
 
Powell's endorsement of Obama, a puppet of the Israeli Rahm Emanuel, has less to do with Obama's African roots than with getting Emanuel and his Zionist gangsters back into control of the Oval Office. Emanuel, the real boss of the Democratic party, is the son of a real Israeli terrorist (Irgun and Lehi) and thug-in-chief of the party.    
 
 
 
What can we expect from the Obama presidency?  Elected on a platform of "Change" after eight years of a very unpopular and dictatorial Bush regime, we would expect a substantial change from the disastrous policies of the previous administration.  So what changes will we see?  Will we see an end to the costly and illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?  Will the senior officials of the Bush administration who willfully lied to start these wars of aggression be held accountable for their war crimes?  Will we finally have a proper and independent investigation of 9-11? Will the oppressive Department of Homeland Security be dismantled? 
If the war criminals are not held accountable and the most egregious criminal policies of the Bush administration are not changed and reversed – what exactly does the Obama "Change" slogan mean?  Changing the curtains?  Changing the Israelis in the White House?
 
 
 
Change of Zionist Jewish "investment bankers" at the White House:  Joshua Bolten, the son of a C.I.A. agent and second Jewish chief of staff in U.S. history, greets Rahm Emanuel, Obama's chief of staff, erstwhile investment banker, and son of an Israeli terrorist.  Bolten served in the administration of George H. W. Bush (1989-93) before becoming executive director of legal and governmental affairs at Goldman Sachs (London, 1994-1999).  He left Goldman Sachs to serve as policy director for the presidential campaign of George W. Bush (March 1999 to November 2000). Bolten became Deputy Chief of Staff for George W. Bush in January 2001 and Chief of Staff in April 2006.  Bolten is credited with recruiting Henry Paulson - CEO of Goldman Sachs - to serve as Treasury Secretary in July 2006.  Paulson crafted the disastrous A.I.G. bailout in which Goldman Sachs became the largest single recipient of taxpayer funds ($12.9 billion), an immense financial scam in which the profits went to private banks -- and the costs to the U.S. public.
 
 
 
WHO IS PETER ORSZAG?
 

One of the key players in the Obama administration's $900 billion economic stimulus package in late 2008 was Obama's new budget director Peter R. Orszag. The forty-year-old Orszag was Obama's director of the Office of Management and Budget, the arm of the White House responsible for crafting the federal budget and overseeing the effectiveness of federal programs. He had worked closely with Rahm Emanuel in the Clinton
administration - when the disastrous NAFTA legislation was passed - and was one of the first Obama appointees to be approved. 

Peter R. Orszag
 
 
 
"In the coming years, no bureaucrat will be as decisive as Peter Orszag," Ezra Klein wrote recently in The American Prospect. So, who is Peter Richard Orszag and what kind of decisions will he make with the budget he controls? Based on his background one would be well advised to prepare for a financial train wreck. 
 
 
 
Peter Orszag has an interesting resume.  He has played key roles in some of the biggest financial scandals of our time.  Orszag was, for example, an advisor to the Russian Finance Ministry during the reign of the Jewish oligarchs as they plundered the wealth of Russia.  He was an advisor to the Central Bank of Iceland before it crashed in 2008.  During the Clinton administration, Orszag was a key advisor to Rahm Emanuel and Bill Clinton on the disastrous NAFTA bill that devastated the U.S. manufacturing sector. 
 
 
 
Oddly, Orszag's background has received virtually no attention in the media. He has a troubling background, which deserves to be looked at very carefully. Orszag, for example, should start by explaining exactly what happened to the Icelandic economy. Orszag was, after all, the founder and president of the economic consultancy firm which advised the Central Bank of Iceland - before it went bankrupt. How did Icelandic banks become so indebted? Ask Peter Orszag. 
 
 
 
Orszag is an economist who served six years in the Clinton administration (1993-98) under Robert E. Rubin, the former treasury secretary who recently resigned from his senior position at the woefully mismanaged and nearly bankrupt Citigroup. The fact that Orszag was a protégé of the now disgraced Rubin certainly does not bode well for the Obama administration.  Rubin strongly opposed the regulation of derivatives when such regulation was proposed in 1997. Credit derivatives of mortgage-backed securities were the key reason for the recent failure of a number of large financial institutions, including AIG and Citigroup. 
 
 
 
In 1999, Rubin joined Citigroup as a board member and a participant "in strategic managerial and operational matters of the company." The Wall Street Journal noted that Citigroup shareholders suffered losses of more than 70 percent since Rubin joined the firm and that he encouraged changes that led the firm to the brink of collapse. In December 2008, investors filed a lawsuit contending that Citigroup executives, including Rubin, sold shares at inflated prices while concealing the firm's risks. 
 
 
 
Orszag, a Jew, served on the president's Council of Economic Advisers in 1993, under Rubin, when the Israeli Rahm Emanuel, Clinton's senior adviser, was pushing the disastrous NAFTA legislation through Congress. Prior to joining the Clinton team, Orszag was an economic adviser for the Russian Ministry of Finance in Moscow from 1992-93. This was a period of rampant financial criminality during which many Russian mineral assets came under the control of the so-called Jewish oligarchs who became instant billionaires. Most of these oligarchs fled Russia when their crimes were exposed and now live in Britain or Israel, where they obtained citizenship. 
Born in Boston on December 16, 1968, Orszag graduated from Princeton University in 1991. He then attended the London School of Economics, where he earned a degree in 1992 and where he obtained his PhD in 1997. The London School of Economics was established by members of the Fabian Society, who believed in advancing socialism through gradual reforms.  The Fabian Society is a British socialist movement, whose purpose is to advance the principles of social democracy via gradualist and reformist, rather than revolutionary means. The ideology of the Fabians is said to be described in the quote, "Fabianism feeds on Capitalism, but excretes Communism." 
 
 
 
In 1998, after serving in the Clinton administration, Orszag co-founded an economic consulting group company with his brother and Joseph Stiglitz called Sebago Associates, where he served as president through 2007. The firm's clients have included the World Bank, the Nordic Council of Ministers, and most notably, the Central Bank of Iceland. The once prosperous economy of Iceland has been devastated by the current economic crisis, which its citizens say was carried out by a gang of financial criminals who followed disastrous policies and advice - provided by Peter Orszag and Company. 
 
 
 
Americans would be well advised to be extremely vigilant with dangerous "Young Turks" like Peter Orszag and Rahm Emanuel running the Obama White House and the U.S. budget. 
 
 
 
The United States government today is not unlike the oil tanker Sirius Star, hijacked by Somali pirates, except that the ship of state has been taken over by an organized gang of Zionist pirates, an organization most people don't even know exists. This organization was created by members of the Zionist terror groups, the Hagana, Irgun, Lehi, and their Mossad network. Members of these groups were sent to the United States in the 1950s to raise dedicated Zionist agents that would look and sound like Americans - but think like Israelis. In this way Zionists have gained control over our government and media without the passengers even noticing. The only thing that most Americans notice is that the voyage is not as smooth as they had expected and the ship seems to be sinking. The Zionist-controlled media assures us, however, that all is well.  Dream on. 
 
 
 
Israeli intelligence is like the criminal organization, Quantum, in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace.  They are everywhere, supporting politicians on both sides of the aisle, creating and running governments from the left and the right, yet you don't even know they exist. Over the past six decades, Israeli agents have infiltrated every agency of the U.S. government and gained access to the most critical computer networks.  In order to understand what the Obama administration will mean for America and the world, it is essential to understand the Zionist agents behind Obama. 
 
 
 
 
~Finis~
 
 
 
Sources and Recommended Reading 
 
 
 
 
Bumiller, Elisabeth, "The Brothers Emanuel," New York Times, June 15, 1997
 
 
"Emanuel to be Obama's chief of staff," Jerusalem Post, November 6, 2008 
 
 
 
Green, Joshua, "The Enforcer," Rolling Stone, October 20, 2005 
 
 
 
Klutznick, Philip M., Biography from Biographical Directory of the United States Executive Branch, 1774-1989 (1990), edited by Robert Sobel, Greenwood Publishing Group, Westport, CT 
 
 

Wallace-Wells, Ben, "Obama's Narrator," New York Times, April 1, 2007

Bendavid, Naftali, "Rahm Emanuel mulls chief of staff role in Barack Obama's administration," Chicago Tribune, November 6, 2008

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Rahm Emanuel mulls chief of staff role in Barack Obama's administration

GOP strategist says Emanuel could moderate Obama, add tougher style to complement boss' gentle touchNovember 06, 2008|By Naftali Bendavid, WASHINGTON BUREAU



WASHINGTON — Rep. Rahm Emanuel might not appear at first glance to be the obvious choice to serve as White House chief of staff for a president-elect who has spoken eloquently of setting aside partisan differences and bringing the country together.

 

Emanuel, after all, is best known as something of a Democratic political assassin. From his days as a top aide to President Bill Clinton to his recent role leading the Democrats to a House majority, Emanuel has relentlessly attacked his foes and gone ruthlessly after anyone who stood in his way.

 

Yet the Illinois congressman is mulling whether to accept President-elect Barack Obama's request that he serve as his chief of staff. That means Emanuel would manage Obama's schedule, oversee the daily operations of the White House and serve as a top adviser to the president.

 

Perhaps the possibility is not as jarring as it might seem. For one thing, precisely because Obama seems likely to adopt a unifying posture as president, he may need someone practiced in the art of political hardball.

 

Republican strategist John Feehery -- who worked for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Minority Leader Bob Michel, as well as former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay -- said Emanuel could help prevent House Democrats from overreaching.

 

"Rahm is really smart," Feehery said. "He understands that if Obama goes too far to the left, it's not going to be good for the Democrats. I think he's the kind of guy who can knock some heads and help Obama guide the Congress toward the middle. I think that will be the goal. You will need a bad cop to Obama's good cop, and Rahm will fill that role quite nicely."

 

Emanuel's policies, unlike his politics, have always been centrist, very much in the mold of Clinton. In addition, a different Emanuel has emerged in recent years, one who has forged friendships with Republicans and shown an ability to work with them on occasion.

 

Emanuel is a consummate Chicagoan; he was born in the city and attended New Trier West High School in the northern suburbs. He kicked off his political career working for such powerhouses as Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and former Sen. Paul Simon, before joining Clinton's 1992 presidential run.

 

Along the way, Emanuel earned a reputation for a colorful intensity unusual even in the hard-hitting world of politics. His profanity is legendary and seems designed in part to throw his interlocutors off-balance. As a young political operative, he once joined other youthful colleagues in mailing a dead fish to a Democratic pollster with whom he'd had a falling out.

 

Emanuel excelled at fundraising, sometimes screaming and shouting at donors until they agreed to contribute -- generously -- to his candidate. He threatened to tear up checks if he considered them too small.

 

After his White House stint, Emanuel returned to Chicago in 1998, making several million dollars as an investment banker. That gave him the financial freedom to mount a hard-fought race for Congress in 2002.

 

When Nancy Pelosi tapped Emanuel to lead the Democratic efforts to recapture control of the House in 2006, a certain mellowing and maturation became apparent. To be sure, Emanuel continued to browbeat anyone he considered an obstacle -- steamrolling weaker Democratic candidates in favor of stronger ones, for example, or engaging in legendary battles with party Chairman Howard Dean, not to mention launching all-out war against GOP candidates.

 

But Emanuel also showed an ability to cajole, flatter and even stroke his stable of Democratic hopefuls, going so far as to send them Eli's cheesecake when they'd scored a political success. His rants became more selective, deployed as much for effect as out of true frustration.

 

Leading his party to its first House majority in 12 years, Emanuel has now become the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House. While continuing to launch cutting attacks on Republicans, he also has formed friendships with such GOP lawmakers as Reps. Adam Putnam of Florida, Tom Cole of Oklahoma and Ray LaHood of Illinois. He's even become friendly with White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten.

 

He joined Rep. Walter Jones, a conservative North Carolina Republican, in an unsuccessful effort to establish a memorial to the Iraq War dead in the U.S. Capitol rotunda. He also has teamed up with Republicans in an effort to expand children's health insurance.

 

"Congressional Republicans respect what he has been able to do," Feehery said. "They think he's a formidable opponent. They think he works his butt off. They won't particularly love him, but if he's smart, they will respect him."

 

When Emanuel's friend Obama began closing in on the presidency, many thought Emanuel would remain in the House. He is potentially in line to become House speaker in a few years, and he could be of great use to his fellow Illinoisan as a sounding board on the mood of Congress.

 

But arguably few Democrats have Emanuel's credentials for the chief of staff job. He has served as a top White House aide, meaning he understands how that unique place works and where the pitfalls lie. And he holds a top leadership post in Congress, giving him insight into that institution as well.

 

Obama apparently has concluded that this background, packaged in the person of an old Chicago friend, is too valuable to pass up.

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nbendavid@tribune.com

Naftali Bendavid of the Tribune's Washington Bureau is the author of "The Thumpin': How Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats Learned to Be Ruthless and Ended the Republican Revolution"

 
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We are supposed to believe that Rahm Emanuel was only
fixing the breaks on military trucks as a member of the
Israeli Defense Forces during George H.W. Bush’s first
Gulf War. We should not question that this experience as
a brake fixer for the IDF gave him the skills to become
Clinton’s Chief White House Advisor...Baloney!
 
Rahm Emanuel became a very valuable Mossad asset during
H.W. Bush’s first Gulf War while residing in Israel and
remains so to this day as mayor of Chicago.

 

 

 

                                                                                               The Sudden But Well-Deserved Fall of Rahm Emanuel

It’s hard to remember a time when Rahm Emanuel wasn’t a Democratic Party superstar. Go back to 1991, when the thirty-two-year-old took over fund-raising for Bill Clinton. He  was soon renowned for making the staff come to work on Sundays, shrieking into the phone to donors things like “Five thousand dollars is an insult! You’re a twenty-five-thousand-dollar person!”—and, not incidentally, helping Clinton afford the blitz of TV commercials that saved him from the Gennifer Flowers scandal, clearing his course to the White House. The legend continued through this past April, when Rahm—in Chicago and D.C., he’s known by that single name—won a second term as the mayor of Chicago in a come-from-behind landslide.

 

Nine months later, Chicagoans—and Democrats nationally—are suffering buyer’s remorse. Last month, a Cook County judge ordered the release of a shocking dashcam video of a black seventeen-year-old named Laquan McDonald being shot sixteen times by a policeman while he was walking away. Five days later, the officer was charged with murder. The charge came after four hundred days of public inaction, and only hours before the video’s release. Of almost four hundred police shootings of civilians investigated by the city’s Independent Police Review Authority since 2007, only one was found to be unjustified. So the suspicion was overwhelming that the officer would not have faced discipline at all had officials not feared a riot—especially after it was learned that McDonald’s family had been paid five million dollars from city coffers without ever having filed a lawsuit. Mayor Emanuel claims that he never saw the video. Given that he surely would not have been reëlected had any of this come out before the balloting, a recent poll showed that only seventeen per cent of Chicagoans believe him. And a majority of Chicagoans now think he should resign.

 

For twenty years now, there have been those who say that this emperor never had any clothes on in the first place. Given the speed and intensity of his fall, perhaps it’s time to reconsider their case.

 

Start with the 1992 Presidential campaign. Emanuel persuaded Clinton to prioritize raising money. This, to put it lightly, caught up with him. And while Emanuel was never tied to the fund-raising chicanery involving forgotten names like James Riady, Yah Lin Trie, and John Huang, it was that zeal for cash that provided Clinton’s Presidency its original taint of scandal. Obsessive fund-raising is also the foundation of Emanuel’s political operation in Chicago. When two reporters for the Chicago Reader filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the mayor’s private schedule in 2011 (unlike previous mayors, his public schedule was pretty much blank), they discovered that he almost never met with community leaders. He did, however, spend enormous blocks of time with the rich businessmen, including Republicans, who had showered him with cash.

 

There are moral complaints to be made about this, to be sure. But the behavior has also failed Emanuel on political_ _grounds: when he found himself in trouble, he was left without a broad base of political support, unlike the previous mayor, Richard M. Daley, who in similar straits fell back on his close relationships in all fifty city wards. When one of those rich Republicans donors—Bruce Rauner, with whom Rahm has vacationed—became Illinois’s governor, last year, at least the scolds could comfort themselves that their mayor would enjoy privileged access to lobby for the city’s needs. But that hasn’t worked, either: instead, Rauner has given Rahm the cold shoulder.

 

But return to Washington in the early nineteen-nineties, when a grateful Clinton awarded his young charge a prominent White House role. There, Emanuel’s prodigious energy, along with his contempt for what he called “liberal theology,” rocketed him higher and higher into the Clinton stratosphere. “He gets things done,” Clinton’s chief of staff, Erskine Bowles, enthused late in 1996, when Emanuel usurped George Stephanopoulos as senior adviser for policy and strategy. Among his special projects was helping to pass the North American Free Trade Agreement and the 1994 crime bill. He also tried to push Clinton to the right on immigration, advising the President, in a memo in November, 1996, to work to “claim and achieve record deportations of criminal aliens.” These all, in the fullness of time, turned out to be mistakes.

 

 NAFTA, in alienating the Party’s working-class base, contributed to the Democrats losing control of the House of Representatives in 1994. As for the crime bill, which included a “three strikes” provision that mandated life terms for criminals convicted of violent crimes even if their other two offenses were nonviolent, Clinton himself has apologized for it, saying that the policy “made the problem worse.” The attempt to out-Republican the Republicans on immigration never took off. Republicans are the party solely associated with vindictive immigration policies, which leaves them in the long-term crisis they’re finding themselves in now—identified as anathema by Latinos, the nation’s fastest-growing ethnic group. If Rahm had had his way, that never would have happened.

 

After Washington, Emanuel made eighteen million dollars in two and a half years as an investment banker. (His buddy Rauner helped get him his job.) He came back home—although diehards will insist that Emanuel isn’t really a Chicagoan, having grown up in suburban Wilmette—and won a congressional seat in 2004. His next step was chairing the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, in charge of recruiting House candidates. In 2006, he got credit when Democrats took back the lower chamber. One Democratic strategist from California who saw him working a room of worshipful admirers shortly afterward marvelled, “Inside the Beltway, Rahm is like … well, not Dylan or Madonna but maybe Britney or Paris.”

 

But that achievement disintegrates the more closely it’s examined. At the D-Trip, as the D.C.C.C. is known, Emanuel aggressively recruited right-leaning candidates, frequently military veterans, including former Republicans. But many of his hand-picked choices fared poorly, losing in general elections. Some even lost in their primaries, to candidates backed by liberals—many of whom won congressional seats resoundingly, even after the D.C.C.C. abandoned them.

 

Victory, like defeat, can have a hundred fathers, and we can’t know what was ultimately responsible for the Democrats’ success that November. Anger at Republicans for the Iraq War (which Emanuel supported) certainly drove many voters’ decisions. What is indisputable is that the 2006 majority proved to be a rickety one. Critics argue that, even where Emanuel’s strategy succeeded in the short term, it undermined the party over time. One of his winners, the football star Heath Shuler, of North Carolina, would not even commit to vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House, and was one of many Rahm recruits to vote against important Obama Administration priorities, like economic stimulus, banking reform, and health care. Many are no longer congressmen. Some Democrats now argue that, in the long run, 2006 might have weakened the Party more than it strengthened it. “Rahm’s recruitment strategy” was “catastrophic,” the retired record executive Howie Klein, who helps run a political action committee that funds liberal congressional challengers, said, and it contributed to the massive G.O.P. majorities we have now, the biggest since the nineteen-twenties.

 

Obviously, that conclusion wasn’t shared by Barack Obama in 2009, when he named Emanuel as his White House chief of staff. There, however, Emanuel’s signature strategy—committing Obama only to initiatives they knew in advance would succeed, in order to put “points on the board”—nearly waylaid the President’s most historic accomplishment: health-care reform. Emanuel wanted to scale it back almost to the vanishing point. It took a concerted effort by Speaker Pelosi to convince the President otherwise. This time, it was Emanuel who apologized: “Thank God for the country he didn’t listen to me,” he said after the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, in 2012.

 

By then Emanuel had became the mayor of Chicago, elected with fifty-five per cent of the vote in the spring of 2011. Since then, there have been so many scandals in Emanuel’s administration that have failed to gain traction that it’s hard to single them out. One signature idea was lengthening Chicago’s school day by thirty per cent—controversial because he proposed compensating teachers only two per cent more for the extra work. The Chicago public-schools inspector general was soon investigating allegations that a local pastor linked to Emanuel was arranging buses to pack public hearings with supporters of the idea, paying at least two “protesters” twenty-five to fifty dollars each.

 

The city also rolled out a new “smart card” system for customers to pay transit fares, a product of the San Diego-based defense contractor Cubic. The system, known as Ventra, worked about as well as Lucille Ball on a factory production line: some people would get on the bus for free, while others would be charged several times. The cards were supposed to double as debit cards for Chicago’s “unbanked” poor. But buried deep within the thousand-page contract with Cubic were nice little Easter eggs, like the seven-dollar fee for customers who didn’t use the card for eighteen months, and another five dollars tacked on for each dormant month after that.

 

The manager of Cubic’s Chicago division while the project was under negotiation had previously been the Chicago Transit Authority’s vice-president for technology; then, when it came time for implementation, he spun back through the revolving door to his former city job. Well, that’s Chicago. Then Emanuel promoted the C.T.A. chief responsible for the system as his mayoral chief of staff. Then he appointed him as the Chicago public schools’ C.E.O., following the resignation of his previous pick, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, ahead of an indictment for a kickback scheme, to which she later pleaded guilty.

 

Byrd-Bennett had taken over the job from an unfortunate gentleman named Jean-Claude Brizard, who was forced to take the fall when Emanuel lost a teachers' strike in 2012.* She was then tasked with another of Emanuel’s sketchy initiatives: closing fifty-four schools, many of which were in the city’s black neighborhoods. Why were forty-nine pillars of community stability ultimately shuttered? Suspicions of venal motives abounded, but nobody could really be sure. A fact-check by Chicago’s public-radio station, WBEZ, discovered that many of the facts that the city gave about the decision were not accurate. But don’t confuse that inquiry with a joint investigation by WBEZ and the schools magazine Catalyst Chicago which discovered that Emanuel’s claim about high-school-graduation rates—that they would increase by fifteen percentage points—was also a mirage. (Dropouts are reassigned to for-profit online education programs that demand very little work, and then are awarded diplomas from the school they last attended or one near where they live.) Or with the multi-part series by _Chicago _magazine that blew the mayor’s claims about Chicago’s supposedly declining homicide rates out of the water, too. (One method: categorizing homicide victims as “noncriminal deaths.”)

 

Now the sins of Emanuel are finally catching up with him. Lucky for him, however, the compounding police-shooting scandal has erased from the news a peccadillo from this past November: the mayor’s press team was eavesdropping and recording reporters while they interviewed aldermen critical of the mayor. A spokesman responded to the press by saying that their only intent was also “to make sure reporters have what you need, which is exactly what you have here.” That made no sense. But then so much of the legend of Rahm Emanuel’s brilliant career makes little sense. The bigger question, perhaps, is what this says about a political party and the political press that bought the legend in the first place.