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. E Lane

    I think he is an excellent choice! I do admire him for taking the time to consider is family and what is also best for them!

    TREASURY SECRETARY:

    My vote is Jamie Diamon!!!!!!!!!! He is well versed in every way for this responsibility and obligation. I hope President-elect Obama will choose him!!

    November 6, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. palin + britney 2062!

    God Bless them both. I think that was a brilliant choice.

    November 6, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. ANGIE

    What A choice Great one Now Things will get done in Washington!

    November 6, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. mother of 3

    Finally, a President who can provide leadership. Great choice and best of luck President Obama.

    November 6, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Nate

    John Boehner is a chump, a partisian hack and partner with lobbyists of big business and coruption. Soon, you're time will come John. He's stood with GW, Cheney and the other neo-cons the entire time he's been in office. He's still busy playing politics even though it's over.

    November 6, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    Great Choice .. Yes you can... We're behind you all the way..

    November 6, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. Paul

    obama...what a liar! His first official act, and he does what he said he would not! Do not expect change for the good! I voted against him, and will never ACCEPT him as my president! He lied and now he is showing his true colors. Shame on all you who voted for him!!!

    November 6, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. Theone76

    Awesome pick President Obama. I think that was a great pick and you are off to one heck of a start. Keep it up...

    November 6, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. lori from pa

    Boy, Obama likes to surround himself with members of the former Clinton administration. Yet, DNC didn't want Hillary. What gives, an experienced female Clinton not good enough ?

    November 6, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. Lyndon,CA

    Rahm will guard the front door, the back door and the trap door at the White House.

    November 6, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. Lisa M

    Boehner get over it and get on board.

    The country is in a lot of trouble. We don't have time to play around trying to make you happy.

    YOU AREN'T PRESIDENT.

    Grow up and play with the big boys. Yes your little feelings might get hurt, but good grief, how old are you?

    November 6, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. Yes We Can - and Yes We Did

    Great choice – Rahm Emanuel will rock in this role – the first of many smart people to be part of the team

    November 6, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. george from alaska

    Congratulations President-elect Obama!

    November 6, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Andy

    Only a Republican like John Boehner would find a pragmatist as an issue as chief of staff for our new president. Rham is a great choice and certainly someone our new president can trust to work for our country

    November 6, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. Karen

    First two decisions - Biden and Emmanuel. Robert Gibbs as press secretary will make it three for three! I believe President Obama's team will be almost as impressive as he is.

    November 6, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. aliousalam

    At least I am reasured that Republicans will not highjack the process of changing this nation.

    More tough Obama, More.!!!!! Don't let the Republicans tell you want to do. IF they know what to do all along, they should have told bush.

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

    Great choice!

    November 6, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. Ryan

    Boehner is a moron. Can he wait a week before he starts criticizing.

    November 6, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. IowaMom

    Good choice Pres-Elect Obama! And congrats to Emanuel.

    November 6, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. dbenade

    Great pick!

    Not to play into the negativity but Boehner is just an idiot... He is always attacking people who aren't on his extreme right-side of the fence. He needs to go!

    November 6, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. Sue T

    Already the Republicans are starting to put down Obama's choice for his administration........The GOP is going to have to start learning to work together and to work with all people in Obama's admistration and stop trying to find fault with everything the President does and say, just like they did for the 8 years that Clinton was President.....right now the country just voted and showed the Republicans that we have had it will all of them, we want change and we want it in the House and Senate.......and if they can't get on board and try to help make the changes that this country needs we will put them OUT of office when they come up for election........We want Obama to pick the kind of men and women that can step in on day one and run this country like they have been doing it for years.......and Obama can do it.........

    November 6, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. BRIAN cLARK

    he will build the best cabinet ever (trust me people) get behing ths man he will need our help. Don't be suprised to if you see hilary heading up the healthcare part of his plan

    November 6, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. pam Eugene OR

    I have no doubt the Republicans will have something bad to say about EVERY choice Obama makes.
    Obama needs people he feels he can trust around him and these are his choices to make. I will support whomever he feels will be the best for him!
    He has done pretty well so far.

    November 6, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. President Barack Obama

    President Obama we trust your judgement.....
    No matter what the GOP thinks...

    November 6, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. Corey-Ohio

    I think this is a great choice....I do hope they pick some of the best DEMS and REPUBS for the cabinet....However I am hearing that the Repub party is already trying to complain and make things tougher for everyone. Not smart in my opinion when the majority of the country wants to see things get done in a bipartisan manner.

    November 6, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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