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Me. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-07-12 08:30 AM
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''The Obamas': Book Reveals Friction Between Rahm Emanuel, Michelle Obama"
Edited on Sat Jan-07-12 08:32 AM by Me.
This is an interesting piece and based on what it says, I's say we were right about Rahm and I have to say I like Michelle even more.

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"Then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel offered his resignation to President Barack Obama in the winter of 2010 after a series of columns appeared depicting him as the lone element keeping the Obama presidency intact. According to then senior adviser David Axelrod, Emanuel understood that the stories "were an embarrassment" to the president. The president, already suffering from a setback to his health care reform effort, declined Emanuel's offer to resign, despite being convinced that his chief of staff was the main source for the columns.

"I'm not accepting it," Obama replied. "Your punishment is that you have to stay here and get this bill done. I'm not letting you off the hook."

That revelation is one of the more explosive included in "The Obamas," a new book by Jodi Kantor of The New York Times about the first few years of the Obama administration and the strains that it produced on the president's marriage -- strains that were ultimately overcome.

The dramatics that surrounded the passage of health care reform -- culminating in Emanuel's near-resignation -- reflect the type of struggles that routinely pitted Emanuel against the first lady during the first two years of the Obama administration. The two jockeyed for influence over the president even before he formally took office."...cont...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/06/the-obamas-boo ...

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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-07-12 11:35 AM
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1. Try this link. Yours dead-ended at the front page of Huff post
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Me. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-07-12 11:59 AM
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2. Thanks
Didn't realize
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-07-12 11:20 PM
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3. Who appointed Rahm? To whom did Rahm report? Where does the buck stop?
How convenient that a book is released during the re-election campaign that attempts to blame Rahm for the back door deals made on health care reform.

Don't know what Axelrod gets paid, but he is worth every penny.
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still_one Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-08-12 06:29 AM
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4. You are right the responsibility is exclusively with the President. /nt
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-08-12 08:54 AM
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5. Rham wasn't popular? That's news.
If this is the most "explosive" element of the book, it's a wet firecracker...

:eyes:
rockivity
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Hell Hath No Fury Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-19-12 12:31 PM
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6. My respect for Michelle -
just went up. :)
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