Rahm Emanuel to Quit White House
No one's happy with his job
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2010 2:14 AM CDT
Updated Jun 21, 2010 7:41 AM CDT
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is expected to step down from his job after midterm elections.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

(Newser) – White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is expected to quit later this year after growing weary of the "idealism" of Obama staffers who are just as frustrated with him, according to sources. He'll likely step down after midterm elections, reports the Telegraph. Emanuel still maintains a good relationship with the president, but his rapport with staffers is fatally frayed, sources said. "Nobody thinks it's working but they can't get rid of him—that would look awful," said a source.

His abrasive style and willingness to make major compromises have earned him White House enemies, who have also been frustrated by his inability to pave the way for the president's legislative agenda. "It might not be his fault, but the perception is there," said a political consultant. "Every vote has been tough, from health care to energy to financial reform. Democrats have not stood behind the president in the way Republicans did for Bush, and that was meant to be Rahm's job." It's not certain what Emanuel will do next, though he has expressed an interest in running for mayor of Chicago.

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Brass
Jun 22, 2010 5:12 AM CDT
I think a lot more rats will desert Obama's sinking ship before the November elections. Ya can't blame them! He is already a lame duck president.
cognitivefilter
Jun 22, 2010 12:20 AM CDT
can't stand the heat
Shawn_The_Bohn
Jun 21, 2010 11:48 PM CDT
We you play with the big boys, you actually have to have brains to back up all that bluster, guess Rahm couldn't back it up.