Chief of Chaff

A proverb says you can judge a man by the company he keeps. President Obama keeps no closer company than White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
The former four-term Congressman from Illinois’ 5th District in Chicago not only serves as Mr. Obama’s hands and feet, he also has his ear. The more I hear about him, the scarier that fact becomes.
CBS News’ Katie Couric interviewed Mr. Emanuel on a recent 60 Minutes. As one might imagine, she was hardly adversarial; you could nearly see admiration in her eyes. Still, she revealed characteristics of Mr. Emanuel hardly becoming of his Jewish faith or the distinguished institution he serves: the Presidency of the United States.
Ms. Couric highlighted Mr. Emanuel’s profanity-laced temper, his propensity for revenge and his win-at-all-cost persona. She also laughed them off the way a doormat mother dismisses a misbehaving delinquent.

She asked about his workaholism, which he seemed to wear as a badge of honor (“Friday means two more workdays to Monday”). Not exactly remembering the Sabbath and keeping it holy.

She asked about his three children and when he sees them. Answer: In the 5 a.m. hour if they choose to lap swim with him at the gym. Not quite the fulfillment of “impress [the commandments] on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

Unsurprisingly, Couric did not ask Emanuel about the D.C. condo he lived in rent-free for five years without reporting the value as a campaign contribution or as income. (The condo is owned by a Democrat pollster his campaign contracted with.)

Neither did she quiz him on his failure to recognize fraud as a Freddie Mac board member, missteps that could have mitigated the housing meltdown.
His reward for such negligence: $260,000 in income for two years of part-time work and a $25,000 campaign contribution, the largest donation the troubled agency’s PAC gave to any House candidate in 2002.

Add to these question marks Mr. Emanuel’s tenacious desire to expand government (he warned Democrats early last year not to let “a crisis go to waste”) and to spread liberalism (as a congressman, he got a legislative “F” from the NRA and was 100% pro-abortion), and you get a dangerous concoction.

Last year’s gargantuan “stimulus” bill (wilily designed to stimulate less in the near-term – only a fraction of the funds have been spent to date – and then to expand liberal spending significantly over time), this year’s Obamacare bill and an upcoming “green” energy bill all have his fingerprints on them.

How has he and how will he get these bills through Congress? By any way necessary. As he told Ms. Couric, “The process does not trump the product.” In other words, the end justifies the means. Scary.

His name is Emanuel, but he is not exactly “God with us.” He is the president’s right hand man.


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