Senior White House Officials: Rahm Treats Us Like Minions
September 29, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—-Just two-days before White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel plans to announce his departure from his post to pursue a mayoral run in Chicago, a slew of anonymous “senior officials,” an “outside adviser,” a “former official” and a “close Democratic observer” have already begun a campaign of trashing and scapegoating “Rahmbo” to the media. Emanuel, known for his foul mouth and no-holds-barred tactics is certainly a polarizing figure. And he no doubt, has made his share of enemies while in Congress and in the White House. Now, his detractors are taking the opportunity to trash Emanuel to the Financial Times.
The majority of the complaints lodged against Emanue,l by unnamed senior administration officials, deal with the Chief of Staff’s supposed practice of ignoring officials outside of the White House inner sanctum. They apparently feel left out of the cool kids club.
“Perhaps the most persisitent criticism is that Mr Emanuel managed the White House rather than the administration as a whole. Senior officials in leading departments complain about being treated as minions and being frozen out of core White House decision making.” [...]
“With few exceptions, senior officials “outside the bubble” say they would like to see a different approach. However, many inside the White House credit him for an ability to get things done. “If you judge by the legislative flow, the ability to protect the president and hold people to account, he gets a very high grade,” said a senior official.”
Additional anonymous sources complain to the Financial Times that Emanuel is too focused on winning the fast-moving cable news cycle.
And he’s just too bossy apparently. The Rahm trashers would like the new Chief of Staff to be more mild mannered and better at menial managerial tasks.
And echoing a frequent complaint by progressives, whom by-the-way, are not sad to see Emanuel leave, a “close Democratic observer” attacked Rahmbo’s willingness to negotiate with obstructionist Republicans dealing in bad faith.
The result, as viewed by the Democratic base, was watered down legislation to appease Republicans, who in the end, refused to support a single piece of legislation advanced by the Obama administration.
Emanuel is expected to officially announce his exit from the White House on Friday.
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