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Did Barack pick Rahm OR did Rahm & AIPAC Pick Barack?

Introducing, Rahm Emanuel:  Obama Administration, Chief of Staff.  rahm-and-barack2

 FYI: The chief of staff has unlimited access to the president and manages the president’s most precious asset, his time, he also decides who does and who does not have access to the Oval Office.

Remember all the campaign donations (approximately $250 million) that were unaccounted for during Obamas general election campaign.  The campaign told media sources that the funds were made in $5 and $10 increments through “pre-paid” visa cards that could not be traced?  Perhaps AIPAC or those connected with it made those donations to Obama.  So much for “transparency and a new style of government”.  Is this change? 

Fast Facts on Rahm Emauel (Obama Chief of Staff):

  • 48 years old, married to Amy Rule, a woman he met on a blind date. They have three children
  • His father, Benjamin M. Emanuel, a Jersualem-born pediatrician, was a member of the Zionist organization Irgun.  His mother, Martha Smulevitz, was the daughter of a Chicago union organizer.  She worked in the civil rights movement and owned, briefly, a local rock-and-roll club. She is now a psychiatric social worker.

Rahm Emanuel was a member of the Israeli Army and is an active member of AIPAC.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is an American lobbying group that advocates for pro-Israel policies to the Congress and Executive Branch of the United States. It is currently one of the most powerful and connected lobbying groups in Washington and about to become more powerful with Rahm Emanuel serving as Chief of Staff.


Emanuel boasts strong ties to his local Jewish community and the Jewish state, also can be seen as embodying Obama’s stated commitment to Israeli security and diplomacy: During the first Iraq War, Emanuel flew to Israel as a volunteer to help maintain military vehicles. Two years later, he was an aide to Clinton, helping to push along the newly launched Oslo process. 

  • Within four months of joining the U.S. House of Representatives in 2003, Emanuel had an impressive command of the issues, said Michael Kotzin, the director of the Chicago Jewish Community Relations Council.  “He gave a thorough and insightful analysis of issues on our agenda,” said Kotzin, adding that Emanuel was responsive to his Jewish constituents.Obama chose Emanuel to escort him to a closed-door meeting with leaders of the pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC, in June, a day after the final Democratic primaries.          

  • He studied ballet in high school and was offered a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet, but went to Sarah Lawrence College instead, where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He has a master’s degree in speech from Northwestern University.
  • Has served in the White House before, as a senior advisor to Bill Clinton. On Emanuel’s 38th birthday, Clinton gave him a photo with the following tongue-in-cheek inscription: “Now Mr. President, how many times do I have to tell you, say it this way?” Clinton wrote. “And, by the way, wish me a happy birthday. Always gently, Rahm. 11/29/97.”
  • Before working in the Clinton White House, Emanuel worked for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. He was first elected to Congress in 2002, and is the fourth-highest ranking House Democrat.
  • In between his stints in Washington, Emanuel got rich working as an investment banker.  Emanuel was named to the Board of Directors for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”) by then President Bill Clinton in 2000. His position paid him $31,060 in 2000 and $231,655 in 2001.  During the time Emanuel spent on the board, Freddie Mac was plagued with scandals involving campaign contributions and accounting irregularities.  The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) later accused the board of having “failed in its duty to follow up on matters brought to its attention.”   Emanuel resigned from the board in 2001 when he ran for congress.
  • Emanuel Orchestrated the Democratic takeover of the House in 2006 and is known among colleagues as “Rahmbo.”
  • Emanuel is a close friend of fellow Chicagoan David Axlerod, chief strategist for the 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign. Axelrod signed the “ketuba”, a Jewish marriage contract, at Emanuel’s wedding, an honor that goes to a close family friend or relative.
  • His brother, Ari, is a high-powered Hollywood agent and the basis for Jeremy Piven’s character in the HBO series Entourage, Ari Gold. Emmanuel himself was the basis for the character played by Bradley Whitford in The West Wing: Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman.
  • In his 2006 book, co-authored with Bruce Reed, The Plan: Big Ideas for America, Emanuel advocated a three-month mandatory universal service program for Americans between the ages of 18 and 25.  An expanded version of this idea was later proposed by U. S. Presidential candidate Barack Obama (who later choose Emanuel as his White House Chief of Staff).  In a speech on July 2, 2008 at the University of Colorado, Obama proposed a “civilian national security force”.  
  • Emanuel is said to have “mailed a rotten fish to a former coworker after the two parted ways.” On the night after the 1996 election, “Emanuel was so angry at the president’s enemies that he stood up at a celebratory dinner with colleagues from the campaign, grabbed a steak knife and began rattling off a list of betrayers, shouting ‘Dead! … Dead! … Dead!’ and plunging the knife into the table after every name.”

8 Responses

  1. This is the story msm will never tell. r

  2. It’s official. The Dimocrats are just as corrupt as the Republicans.

  3. Aaron Sorkin has debunked the myth that Josh Lyman was based on Emanuel; Ari wasn’t his agent back then and he didn’t know him. The similarities (the fish and the ballet) probably came from D. Meyers.

    If AIPAC members made those donations it’s unkown, so they get no benefit, silly logic. I donated all pre-paid visa cards I received as gifts last year.

  4. segsig. There is nothing terribly troubling or concerning about the Josh Lyman/Ari part of this post…..and as for the pre-paid visa cards, the point is that we do not and cannot know with certainty who purchased those cards and/or made those contributions. Your comment is based upon specualtion, not fact. The “fact” is that the Obama Campaing itself said they could not “trace” where those donations came. AIPAC is as good a guess as any.

  5. Enichs, the point of disproving the myth about TWW connection is it shows a certain amount of gullibillity in believing the bs. Anyone who wanted to check into facts could find them. And again the point of not being able to prove any AIPAC connection means they receive no benefit if they made donations.

  6. segsig: It’s enicks not enichs. just sayin’

  7. Segsig…are you kidding me? Do you really believe that AIPAC gets no benefits by electing the President of the United States? You can’t be serious. Why do think Obama told us that he would be “rolling out” his policy on Iran in the weeks to come – when he rolled out the policy for everyone else in the region on day one? Do you suppose it was just “coincidence” that Israel stopped all the bombing on Obamas Inauguration Day? Emanuel & AIPAC….and Obama — stay tuned.

  8. very informatif, thanks for sharing it

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