November 20th, 2008
02:45 PM ET
13 years ago

Emanuel meets with Republicans on the Hill

(CNN) - Rep. Rahm Emanuel, President-elect Barack Obama's future chief of staff, met with Republican leaders on the Hill Thursday, saying "We welcome their ideas and their concepts."

"As you know, in these challenging times economically, the middle class are working harder, earning less, and paying more. And that, the problems facing, and the challenges facing the country require that people of both parties work together to solve those problems," Emanuel told reporters Thursday.

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  1. Scott NYC Independent

    He should have taken the new Attorney General with him to let them know any corruption will be met with subpoenas and indictments – a new day is coming and political crimes will be punished; that goes for the dems too but the republicans have a more sorted history.

    November 20, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Amber

    I notice a pattern here. The more neutral or pro-democrat the story line, the more pathetic the posts are from the non-Obama supporters. They seem to come out in droves when a store shows democrats in a favorable light, even if the subject of the story line benefits republicans. Only sore losers can make this story into a negative. You can bet they would be criticing Obama and his staff if they were showing no signs of reaching out. I think the sorry losers who are still bitter about not winning need to take their negativity to the other doomsday naysayers on the Fox News comment boards.

    November 20, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. Matt

    Alana the answer is simple not all conservatives are religious and trying to force their ideas upon you. Religion and being conservative are not hand in hand. I'm conservative and by no means does my religion or lack of religion change the fact that I do not feel the Federal government needs to be involved in every aspect of our lives. Thats what we have states for.

    I could ask the same of you as to why all liberals keep trying to shove homosexuality, gay marriage, government aid on everything, and abortion upon people that think differently? See? not every Liberal does that but I can make a generalization backed by no actual instance that they do much like you did about conservatives.

    November 20, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. Ken Sawyer

    If it is not left wing Liberal nothing will be posted one here.

    November 20, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. Fla. Voter

    It's good to see the Obama administration reaching out to find solutions beyond partisanship. Many Americans welcome this smart & diplomatic approach to politics.

    God bless America!

    November 20, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. Amber

    Gay rights and abortion rights are not shoving anything down anyone's throat. If you don't like it, don't do it. However, conservatives insist on actually shoving their views on everyone else by forcing people to live as they do by denying equal rights and private choices. Don't you see the difference? It's a matter of minding your own business. Allowing gay rights does not force anything on you, unless you think that will make you gay and want to marry a gay man or something. On the other hand, denying people equal rights is saying that those people must not be allowed to live as they choose; hence, shoving your views down their throats.

    November 20, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. Greg C.

    Let's discuss things in a non-political view as politics has ruined the vision of the Founding Fathers. To rid ourselves of the internal conflict among all the people, we need to address the root causes:
    1) No national language – a culture has to communicate freely and clearly among its inhabitants for any type of unity to exist.
    2) Government promotion of cultural diversity – does this bring about the "melting pot" that America was so proud of and worked so well for generations?
    3) Citizenship – is not a right won by walking across a border, having a baby , and the baby is automatically a citizen. At least one parent should be a citizen to have that designation. Remove the stimulus / incentive and illegal immigration will lessen.

    November 20, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. Griff

    When You Have "Hornet'sin the Red Sea",... You should Destroy The Nest.... "East to West of Yemen" is a Pirates Lair, always has been..

    November 20, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  9. Meka

    This is definitely CHANGE. If the past administration had tried this tactic, our problems would not be so dramatic!

    November 20, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  10. kaz

    Rahm, please advise your boss not to keep Bob Gate, we need change. No one from current administration

    November 20, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  11. Shane

    Rob: it's okay, it really is...

    November 20, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  12. Ghuman

    I think a lot of folks here are confused about "Change"; what it means and how it happens. Perhaps its because some of the people are missing the picture. Let me explain with an analogy.

    If you eat a dish every day, you get sick and tired of it and look for a change. The new dish will most likely have same ingredients but the master of change is the Chef. The Chef takes the same ingredients and by using his creativity, imagination and skills cooks up a brand new dish that can be rejoiced by the diners.

    Yes, on surface, Obama is picking qualified people who were in some shape or fashion part of some previous administrations. These are smart people who understand the issues (like the ingredients of the dish mentioned above). However, the "Chef", in this case Mr. Obama, will hopefully, using his creativity, imagination and intelligence will cook a new dish that entire America can rejoice.

    Love for All – Hatred for None.

    November 20, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  13. nom deplume


    Careful with your believe that one should not be forced to accept the new orthodoxy. After 1/20/09, that sort of thinking will land you in the reeducation camp.

    So that you will fit in, repeat after me: I accept and welcome the gay lifestyle. Abortion is a right. Self-defense is not. The rich should pay all excess earnings to the government. I accept and welcome . . .

    November 20, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  14. nom deplume


    Careful with your belief that one should not be forced to accept the new orthodoxy. After 1/20/09, that sort of thinking will land you in the reeducation camp.

    So that you will fit in, repeat after me: I accept and welcome the gay lifestyle. Abortion is a right. Self-defense is not. The rich should pay all excess earnings to the government. I accept and welcome . . .

    November 20, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  15. paul (staunch Moderate)

    Rob and Larry:

    It's great to know that you both have crystal balls to gaze into & taroh cards with which to see the future so clearly.

    My, if only all of our Government offilicals, elected and otherwise, had your powers! You know, if the Republicans could have only seen what was coming as clearly as you two seem to, perhaps we wouldn't be in the mess you propose. Or if only the Dems had been able to see so far into the future as you guys seem to be able we'd be living in Utopia!

    I think I've caught on to both of you: You enjoy writing stuff to see how much crap you can stir up!

    November 20, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  16. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    It truly amazes me what garbage the right-wingers will post – of course fed to them by Lush Rumballs and the rest of the right-wing pundit cabal! It's even more intereting to see people tie Obama and Emanuel to the Chicago machine when they have a hsisdtory of calling the machine out on many issues. Apparently these people also know little of anything about Chicago. I live in San Antonio – now – but I was raised in Chicago and am very familiar with Obama, Emanuel and Jarrett, etc. These people will get things done – not feather the nests of Halliburton or KBR for their friends!

    November 21, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
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