Obama Asks Jewish Congressman To Be Chief of Staff


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o.jpgBarack Obama’s campaign has approached Jewish Congressman Rahm Emanuel about possibly serving as White House chief of staff, officials said Thursday, looking ahead as the marathon presidential race entered its final, frenzied stretch with a Democratic tilt.

Emanuel, who worked in President Clinton’s White House and is now a member of the House Democratic leadership, was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1959. His father, the Yerushalayim-born Benjamin M. Emanuel, was a member of the Irgun, the Zionist paramilitary organization. Growing up in Chicago, Emanuel attended the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School.

The Democrats who described the contact with Emanuel spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to be quoted by name.

(Source: Associated Press)


  1. For his anti-Israel pro-Arab agenda he NEEDS a jew in there, to clean every future remark from anti-semetism, saying: “You see?! Here’s a Jew who agrees!”

  2. Unbelievable! As someone who may not be able to vote for either candidate, I cannot believe all these reactions. Further, America should be ashamed for a political process that is soaked in slander for both Barack Obama and Sarah Palin. It is disgusting.

    What makes people think Obama is any more or any less sincere than Bush was or McCain is?

    If I showed pro-Israel bills sponsored by Obama, many would say they dont believe it.

    “A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.”

  3. I seriously doubt this story. Obama is not so likely to “count chickens before they hatch” and in any event, Emanuel might prefer a leadership position in the House, or perhaps trying for the Senate.

    So Obama is a liberal Democrat like Clinton – is anyone surprised.

  4. #6, the problem is that you can’t show me pro-Israel bills written by Obama, because in his one senate term obama did not write a single law (but did write THREE books about himself)!

  5. #2, his father, Dr. Ben Emanuel, was my backup pediatrician when I was a kid. Is he still practicing?

    Regarding Rahm Emanuel, as one of the most powerful Congressmen he’s a logical choice for Obama’s chief of staff; this isn’t about Obama courting the Jewish vote so much as trying to get one of the Clinton’s most influential supporters in his corner (Emanuel didn’t endorse Obama until June). The question is whether Emanuel would prefer to stay in Congress so he could move up there.