October 1st, 2010
11:38 AM ET
4 years ago

Fishy farewell for Rahm Emanuel

Washington (CNN) – Soon to be ex-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is getting a bit of his own medicine as he heads out the door.

Emanuel received a dead fish as a going away present from President Obama's economic advisor Austan Goolsbee during a senior staff meeting.

White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs said Goolsbee recounted how he had "talked to the policy team and we wanted to give you a going away present - something to show how we feel about you but also shows we understand your new possibilities.

"I was the natural go-between," Goolsbee said. "I voted for you all three times you ran for Congress and even in that first primary. So here is your present."

Gibbs said Emanuel opened it and said, "This is a dead fish!"

Goolsbee responded that "to most people, it looks like a dead fish. But to a future mayor of Chicago, it looks like a dead Asian carp. And you'll be happy to know that it wasn't easy to find one of these."

Among many colorful stories in his past, Emanuel is known for having once sent a dead fish to a political opponent.

This dead carp was a more friendly gesture.

"In Chicago, this is how friends say goodbye," Gibbs said.


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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. diridi chimes in

    okay.... ok.... okay... writer is intelligent... ok... okay... masters in law... okay... work part time... ok... can't put a coherent sentence together.. ok...

    October 1, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. john

    So do you eat your fish while they are still alive Edwin?

    October 1, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. RepublicansareDumb/TeaPartiersAreDumber

    Go Rahm! Can't wait to vote in November and show these morons that we ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE! YOU CANT STOP THE PROGRESS!!!! MOVE OR GET MOVED OVER TEA PARTY.

    October 1, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. Troy

    @tevegee
    You sound like the person you are talking about? I guess you and your left wing elitists know what is good for all of us also? Whatever happened to the middle? Your arrogance and that of the Republican (Tea Party) is just as bad as that of the Deocratic Party I do not want you running my life just as much as I do not wnt them running my life. Republicans are just as meddling, but they hide behind religion to cover their tracks. An extremeist is an extremist and both parties are that right now.

    October 1, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. LiberalNN

    Another corrupt scumbag leaving the White House. Good riddance.

    October 1, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. p

    Some of you righties sat by during a phony war on borrowed money from China – and "off the books", torture, spying on our citizens – not to mention the Wall St. Bailout with no strings attached – AND SAID NOTHING!
    Now, because you lost the election, and your unhappy with the politics(Losers) – you say the President has lied or is a socialist or has broken the law somehow. WHAT A BUNCH OF HOOEY!
    BAD LOSERS. Now you want your guys – the amazing F ups – to come back and run things again.
    NO FREAKIN WAY, DUDE!

    October 1, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. 2012 can't come soon enough.

    It won't matter. The President won't win re-election in 2012. He can't simply rely on uneducated young voters to put him back in office. And when I say uneducated, I mean college educated young voters who know nothing about politics, or life, or a job (the only voted for him because voting for him was "cool" according to MTV and CNN). Hehe I remeber in 2004 when MTV was doing "Rock the Vote" (AKA – Vote Democrat) and they Pdiddy said if you didn't vote, you would be drafted by Bush and killed in Iraq. What a lie that was, and you still lost.

    Also, if 98% of white people were to only vote for other white people, would that be racist? Think about it. Obama got the race vote. Simple as that. And yes, I said black people were racist for voting for a man simply because he had a black father.

    October 1, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Seraphim0

    Oh, Stevegee, you just gave ma good chuckle. Thanks.

    October 1, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Something to think about

    Fed Up,
    Your own statement goes against what you said. Never said no challenges but the worst challenges. How many presidents took over a country engaged in two wars, a recession and rising unemployment?

    October 1, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. gnav

    A fishy goodbye for a crook. Leaving to be the mayor in the most corrupt city of Chicago. Gee, do you think he will win? CORRUPT!

    October 1, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. Clemenza

    Its a Sicilian message....couldn't happen to a nicer guy. Although from what I understand he's partial to eating dead mice.

    October 1, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. d

    the obuma administration is starting to crack! bring on the tea party!!!

    October 1, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. chris

    I live in Chicago and I'm not looking forward to this.......

    October 1, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. guest

    Do you really think he is running for mayor of Chicago to help clean up the coruption? Is he even from Illinois? He is probably running because obama and who backs him want a better hold on Chicago. There is more to his running than meets the eye.

    October 1, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. Trash

    You americans are hilarious. Socialist nightmare! Obama evil! Democraps!

    You are ALL so right wing it is hilarious when you accuse each other of Socialism. Your whole country is messed up.

    October 1, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Zapp

    Rahm is a puppet of the elite who run this world. He did his job and got the Health Care bill passed. Now that his job is done he will go back to Chi-town and enjoy his season tickets, kick back and watch the bears. The man doesn't need a job, he is set for life now that he pulled off what the elite wanted him to do. If the Health Care plan fails, he is also there to take part of the blame off OBozo. He's a crook, Blago is a crook, Both Jessie Jacksons are crooks, and so is OBozo. They have control over the judicial system - what a life! There day will come.....

    October 1, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. PGelsman

    There's only 2 things in this world that smell like dead fish, and one of them IS dead fish.

    October 1, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. Kingtech

    As a dedicated Rethuglican, I resent the countless successes of the Obama team. They have interrupted the destruction of America so effectively begun under Bush/Cheney! Let's return the neo-cons to office & "Rush" to become the United Corporations of America. Our true future "Beck"ens us. When this is achieved, even the Nazis will "Palin" comparison.

    October 1, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Last time I checked Lincoln, Washington,and FDR were White Presidents. What Obama walked into: a near-Depression, 2 wars, a HUGE undisclosed budget defiicit directly attributable to the Iraq war, the disdain and disrespect of the entire world, jobs gone overseas never to be seen again, and a GOP that ABSOLUTELY REFUSED TO HELP BRING THE COUNTRY BACK TO IT'S FEET, then you can add to that the fact that he is THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT and all the B.S. that comes with that from extreme right-wing groups, and others in governement and out, and HELL YEAH HE'S THE STRONGEST PRESIDENT FACING THE WORST CHALLENGES EVER!!!!

    October 1, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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