Emanuel Agrees to Become Obama's Chief of Staff

House GOP leader Boehner critical of choice
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2008 1:45 PM CST
Rep. Rahm Emanuel speaks during the Democratic National Convention, Aug. 26, 2008 in Denver.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Rahm Emanuel will be Barack Obama’s White House chief of staff, CNN reports. The Democratic congressman accepted Obama’s offer this afternoon, aides said. Emanuel, whose aggressive, take-no-prisoners political style has earned him the nickname “Rahmbo,” has been close to his fellow Chicagoan since Obama arrived in Washington.

John Boehner, the House minority leader, slammed Obama’s decision: The Emanuel pick is “ironic for a president-elect who has promised to change Washington, make politics more civil, and govern from the center,” he said in a statement.