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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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. chuckles199

    did they ask him about "DEAD, "DEAD", "DEAD"?

    November 20, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. M

    "Rahm Emanuel has a temper like a keg of nitroglycerine. Even look at him wrong and he blows up. " – EW

    It's interesting you say that considering that it upset you enough to slam him. It's almost as if you're so intricately entangled within this "Down with the Dems!" mindset that you're blindly making comments and accusations that can easily be applied to any republican.

    Neither party is perfect, and I'm sure people will come on here trying to instigate unnecessary frustration. The fact of the matter is, Republicans had their chance, the American people decided it was time for something new, and so here we stand. Whether or not you agree with what has transpired over the last few weeks or what is happening with this particular article, would mean nothing in another country that does not share our freedoms.

    People would be less likely to strangle one another over politics if they could all recognize that everyone has an opinion regardless of what anyone thinks is "true or accurate". This lack of respect from both sides is disgusting and the people who cannot view opinions objectively have no chance of responding with something meaningful or well-formed.

    November 20, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. chuck

    Beggers will not be choosers come January 20,2009.

    November 20, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Charles from redmond

    Oh come on, even a jr. high schooler knows better than that (and I would know, being one)

    November 20, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Jack

    Well with a 34% favorable rating it seems like it's about time that republicans start listening to some democrat ideas about bringing this country back from economic oblivion caused by Bush and the republicans.

    November 20, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Charles from redmond

    BTW, the previous comment was directed at Vicki5 (and Rick, obviously).

    November 20, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Ken

    @Rick and Steve: you must be the 'real Americans' Palin talked about. I was wondering who she thought was so self-absorbed and delusional as to think America should continue down the failed path of Bush, McCain and the abhorrent [R] policies. Thanks for clearing that up - here I thought Miss Trailer Trash 2008 was just shooting off at the mouth - but the underbelly of America really does exist!

    November 20, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Fred

    I find it interesting that the republican folks from areas of the country that have fed on republican pork for so long now object to any ideas that might help the rest of the country.

    November 20, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. mitch

    i'm glad that baracks campaign team is sticking with him. his cabinet picks ,so far, aren't showing much 'change', though. mostly clintons and DC insiders. "if you keep playing the same DC games ,with the same DC players, why would you expect different results?", i believe is what barack said.

    November 20, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. drea

    Rick, you are the clown. You and some others don't even give them a chance. At least he is reaching out to the other side, wich we need to do to be sucessful. You and so many need to grow up and open your minds. Upps maybe you dont have any minds.

    November 20, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. Snake eyes

    I am not a fan of Emanuel, but i think he is pretty loyal to the people he serves. thus he will take marching orders from Obama and make things happen. i am at least willing to give him a chance.

    November 20, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Joe Regis

    The republicans need to go in the wilderness for at least 2 decades before their views can be refurbished and in steps with regular Americans. Until then, the people categorically reject the repubs views on what government has to be doing and government policies at large as they relate to the repubs.

    November 20, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. George--FL

    I know folks are concerned about this "change" thing where Obama's appointees are concerned. Or rather, the non-change that seems to be occurring since there are a lot of familiar faces popping up. But my take on it is different. I don't believe you should change simply for the sake of change! The familiar faces that Obama is calling upon are experienced and PROVEN professionals. Keep in mind, Obama's experience in Washington is limited. So, he needs to surround himself with people who've done the job before and who he can trust - or at least keep close enough to keep an eye on. LOL!

    November 20, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. Fred

    Steve, I find it interesting that you think the Chicago people could do anything worst than what Bush and the republicans have already accomplished such as bankrupting America – I hope your church has good free meals.

    November 20, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Chris in MN

    You GOP people lost get over it!! For 8 years Americans had to listen to your messed up way of thinking. That's why we are faced with disaster right now. So quit your complaining......just a party of whiners.

    November 20, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. Rob

    I find it amazing how anyone can claim that the Republicans are the big, evil, rich people when Obama rasied/swindled/stole over 600 million dollars, some of his friends are some of the richest people in the world (hello Oprah).

    And all you better be careful when Obama raises taxes. Seeing as most of you are mooching off the money your parents worked hard for, or some trust fund you didn't lift a finger to contribute to, your cushy meal ticket's gonna dry up and you may actually have to go out and get a real job. Either that or you're a mindless drone, in which case you should be thankful Obama hasn't told you to jump off a cliff, cause you and your fellow lemmings probably would.

    November 20, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. redneck

    Well now we are supposed to work together after 8 years of demonizing ,obstructing and sabotaging anything republican! Whoopdee do!

    November 20, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. Biff

    you MUST have Rahm confused with Tom Delay and Karl Rove...

    November 20, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. Rob

    To Chris in MN November 20th, 2008 4:13 pm ET –

    You want to talk messed up? Give Obama, Reid, and Pelosi 3 months and you'll see a level of messed up the Republicans couldn't acheive even if they tried.

    Oh, and things were going good until the DEMOCRATS let Fannie and Freddie get away with the stuff they pulled. The single digit approval ratings didn't happen until AFTER Reid and Pelosi took over. Here's something for you, I will be that a year from now, when people realize they were hoodwinked by the failed community organizer, the combined approval ratings of Obama and Congress will still be lower than Bush at his lowest. Of course seeing as you all live in la-la land, you'll never believe it.

    November 20, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. Lloyd

    Ok guys – a new sheriff is in town, so let's all work together and fix this mess that you have got us into. Give me two ranks. Either you are with me, or agianst me. If you are with me, two steps forward and form a line behind me; if you are against me -about face- and watch the door. This is no time for selfishness. This ist he progressive army for properity. Am I clear?

    November 20, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. Larry

    As long as the Republicans ideas are what the Democrats want to hear,we will all work together.I don't think the Republicans want to be Socialist,or the Democrats want to be conservative though.It's going to be bad.

    November 20, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. vic

    Rahm is just what Obama and the democrats need.
    He is smart, outspoken, and will do what it takes to get things done.
    He will deal with the big mouth republicans (Boehener) and not let them take over.

    November 20, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Proud to be American

    Boy this is how an Adminstration should work.... check out my President Elect.... he has not made it into the office as of yet but he is sure getting things prepared .... how cool is that?

    November 20, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. Maggie from Virginia

    The Democrats are now a powerful force. When Rahm calls, the repubs better jump to attention. Obama will kill them with kindness. Rahm will just kill them if they step out of line. Perfect duo.

    November 20, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. Larry

    In four years ,we will all HAVE to vote Republican,you will see,starting next year, your rock star will have burned out,and reality will set in.

    November 20, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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