(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
Solid choice, makes sense !!
It's a great start for what looks like is shaping up to be the political Dream Team.
I pleased to see Obama doing his thing. You go
Bravo Emanuel, bravo. Time to get busy buddy!!
not to be off topic but he's quite the looker.
Yeah....now Joe Scarborough can shut his stupid face up! See Joe, unlike the Republigan, Democrats think things thru thoroughly before making decisions!
Very good choice.
The new administration is certainly getting organized and the ball rolling quickly! This is so refreshing to see!
Great choice President Obama!
Yet another step in the right direction.
AWESOME NEWS.... Go Obama!
Good choice, this is someone Obama trusts and can work well with thereby focusing on bipartisanship.
May he serve you well thereby serving America well President Obama!!
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.
first step in the right direction by president elect. We wish him all the best.
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.
Good choice President Obama!
Good for him! He will do a great job and needs to have alot of strenghth to hold that office. GOOD LUCK!
Emanuel will be good, but I really hope that Obama picks fresh people, rather than just recycling old Clinton staffers.
Good. This guy is intelligent, tough and focused. He will make a good Chief of Staff.
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...
It will be nice to see real leadership in America again! God's speed Obama.
congratulations mr. emanuel. God be with you.
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.
Good choice. Congrats to Emanuel.
Let's get John McCain involved. He has a voice. I am an Obama supporter, but can we double down for a US win?
This is a good pick...he will serve obama well.