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.