(CNN) - Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel, a former Clinton administration aide, has accepted the position of President-elect Obama's chief of staff, a Democratic aide tells CNN.
Watch: Jessica Yellin reports on Emanuel
House Minority Leader John Boehner criticized the choice of Emanuel - the man known for his tough-minded approach and widely credited with engineering large congressional gains for Democrats in the 2006 elections.
“This is an ironic choice for a President-elect who has promised to change Washington, make politics more civil, and govern from the center," Boehner said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Jim Manley, a senior communications advisor to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, praised the choice.
"An excellent choice. Rahm knows the Hill," he told CNN. "And he knows the White House. He is a brilliant strategic thinker and someone who knows how to get things done."
Related: Emanuel would bring 'tough minded' approach
Hillary has already publicly stated that she want's to stay in her present position in the Senate and do the work that is so needed there.
John Boehner is a blowhard that is now irrelevant – so I guess he'll go cry in front of congress again? Go away, John, no one is listening any more.
Good choice in my opinion.
To Conservatives Fight Back:
Our President veruses Yours? I do not think Bush has done a good job by any means and I did not vote for him, but I still consider him to be my President. How can we come together as a nation when people think this way? If McCain had won, he'd be my President and I would respect that.
I like Raph Emanuel, but the guy looks like an undertaker.
Not that Karl Rove looked any better, mind you.
Sounds to me like Boehner is a bit scared of Emanuel. He's no nonsense sort of guy, but in the direction that Obama wants to go.
The GOP (and Dem leaders on the Hill for that matter) better get used to the idea of working in a government that will try to get things done from now on.
Good call Pres-Elect Obama!
If he were to pick all inexperienced people the republicans would be deriding him for that. Sounds like sour grapes to me, especially since Clinton's presidency was so successful.
Conservatives fight back.......
Not all of us Democrats trashed Bush even though we did not agree with him. Some of us took the high road and gave him the respect that the office of the president deserves. Why don't you give that a try?
Oh, and by the way he is everyones president, not just OURS......that includes you too.
DuncanM, he is JEWISH, you idiot.
Another former Clinton-ite.... just as predicted, the "change" he touted was just a replay of the Clintons regime... hope the USA can survive this bout... we barely got through "W"...
so the first guy he hires is Jewish born of Israeli parents. So much for the muslim terrorist, "he's anti-Israel" argument.
You said you will never accept Obama as your president. What country are you moving to and when??
"Smart choice. This is the first step in restoring the prosperity similar to the Clinton era."
Uh, I think we can blame a lot of our lack of prosperity on Clinton.
Emmanuel has the skill and temperament for this position, and Obama has the good judgment to know that. Boehner obviously has none of those traits for his position, as evidenced by his performance during the initial legislative "bailout " fiasco.
My goodness.....the guy just gets picked for a new job and the Republicans are already crying foul. No wonder the Republicans lost the election...they're a bunch of crybabies on top of being inept and incapable of doing the job.
There has been a large amount of criticism directed at President Bush due to his actions and inactions while in office. That coupled with the widespread losses Republicans have experienced in Federal government all but guarantee that President elect Obama will be criticized throughout his tenure regardless of how well or poorly he may do. However there is no need to start the criticisms already. Chief of Staff is a trusted position that works closely with the president and while I am sure President Obama will likely include Republicans in many higher level positions, his appointments will be based on what the administration feels is needed from each position and the candidates qualifications. So he chose a Democrat for Chief of Staff. Deal with it and realize this constant partisan bickering is exactly what the American people just voted against
It is a great pick!
Will somebody please tell Joe Scarbough so that he will stop whinning?
this selection is exactly in line with what president elect obama promised the electorate....a qualified individual who has no problem letting the president elect know how he feels about an issue - whether he agrees or disagrees...emanuel is arguably one of the most effective members of congress over the last four years and will be instrumental in the actual governance needed to execute changes over the next several years....seems obama is going to make selections based on credentials - not patronage like many of the recent chief of staff appointees have been
as for rep. boehner - if he spent less time crafting partisan talking points and more time paying attention, he would know that emanuel is a centrist whom has challenged the lefties on the democratic side of the aisle since his days in the clinton administration....can't wait to see how rep. boehner and others start responding when republicans start filling spots in the obama administration....although i'm sure he and others are prepared to undermine the credibility of such republican colleagues as well....