November 6th, 2008
12:56 PM ET
5 years ago

Source: Emanuel to be chief of staff

Emanuel, left will be Obama's chief of staff.
Emanuel, left will be Obama's chief of staff.

(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


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soundoff (193 Responses)
  1. jubei

    Solid choice, makes sense !!

    November 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Glenn in California

    It's a great start for what looks like is shaping up to be the political Dream Team.

    November 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Obama '08

    I pleased to see Obama doing his thing. You go

    November 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Oseki Otens Evans

    Bravo Emanuel, bravo. Time to get busy buddy!!

    November 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. ANA G. LOS ANGELES. CA

    not to be off topic but he's quite the looker.

    November 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. Liberated!

    Yeah....now Joe Scarborough can shut his stupid face up! See Joe, unlike the Republigan, Democrats think things thru thoroughly before making decisions!

    November 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Salt

    Very good choice.
    The new administration is certainly getting organized and the ball rolling quickly! This is so refreshing to see!

    November 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. Turner in Washington State

    Great choice President Obama!

    Yet another step in the right direction.

    November 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. Independent from PA

    AWESOME NEWS.... Go Obama!

    November 6, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Linda32

    Good choice, this is someone Obama trusts and can work well with thereby focusing on bipartisanship.

    November 6, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. chi

    May he serve you well thereby serving America well President Obama!!
    woohoo!!

    November 6, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. John

    Glad to see this, Only problem is, our governor now gets to reappoint two to fulfill seats instead of one. Any time the illinois governor does anything, its scares the heck out of the citizens of this state.

    November 6, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. george

    first step in the right direction by president elect. We wish him all the best.

    November 6, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. Milhouse van Houten

    Keeping with what I expect to be many gestures of bi-partisanship moves,it looks like President Obama will be including members of the republican caucus to help fill out his cabinet.Let's hope that they can all work together to get the country back on track.

    November 6, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. Blue in Red AZ

    Good choice President Obama!

    November 6, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. Mercedes

    Good for him! He will do a great job and needs to have alot of strenghth to hold that office. GOOD LUCK!

    November 6, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. JL

    Emanuel will be good, but I really hope that Obama picks fresh people, rather than just recycling old Clinton staffers.

    November 6, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. C A

    Good. This guy is intelligent, tough and focused. He will make a good Chief of Staff.

    November 6, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. Ty

    OUTSTANDING!!!!!

    It's great that he is already keeping the American people informed with even his first decisions as President... Keep us in the LOOP President Obama and we will stand with you and support you...

    November 6, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. Mike in Columbus

    It will be nice to see real leadership in America again! God's speed Obama.

    November 6, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. country first

    congratulations mr. emanuel. God be with you.

    November 6, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. Ryan Blanco

    Oh, what do you know? Joe Scarborough was making a big deal out of nothing this morning.

    I would say good choice, except my girlfriend has a crush on Emanuel. This is not going to help.

    November 6, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. arlene, CA

    Good choice. Congrats to Emanuel.

    November 6, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. Mark

    Let's get John McCain involved. He has a voice. I am an Obama supporter, but can we double down for a US win?

    November 6, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  25. Bruce

    This is a good pick...he will serve obama well.

    November 6, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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