When the Big O tapped Rahm Emanuel to be chief of staff, people thought it was because he’s good with a shiv.
Since then, the Clinton White House staffer and 3-term House member hasn’t exactly renounced his kneecapping style, but maybe he has toned it down a smidge.
Emanuel’s the guy who once said “the untainted Republican has not yet been invented” and that Republicans were “bad people who deserve a two-by-four upside their heads,” according to the New York Times.
But both colleagues and friends acknowledge the guy is trying to cool his jets, maybe even use less profanity.
That may be out of necessity because, as the Big O recounted during a 2005 Rahm roast, Emanuel lost some middle finger as a teenager while slicing beef at Arby’s, and it “rendered him practically mute.”
Regarding his demeanor in his new gig, Emanuel insists to the Times, “I’m not yelling at people; I’m not jumping on tables…that’s a campaign. Being the chief of staff…is different. You have different tools in your toolbox.”
No doubt he’s been busy. He helped select and court almost all members of the Big O’s cabinet and White House staff, and he’s in constant contact with Republicans, especially Top Gun.
Last week during a particularly hectic moment for Emanuel, Steny Hoyer claimed he was unable to get through to Emanuel so he called the president directly.
To which the Big O claimed he “was always happy to take calls for his chief of staff.”