CHICAGO — In a city known for its cutthroat politics, Rahm Emanuel's first public approach to winning the votes and, perhaps more importantly, the hearts of Chicago voters is as simple as it is disarming: be nice.
It's not a usual pose for a man who earned his reputation as a brash dealmaker during two tours as a White House adviser and three terms in Congress.
Emanuel — who was toiling as President Barack Obama's chief of staff six short weeks ago — officially announced his bid for mayor in a packed elementary school gym on Chicago's north side, showing his softer, emotional side in an event that sought to downsize one of Washington's biggest personalities for a local audience.
Emanuel, flanked by his wife and children on a small stage at John C. Cooley Elementary, choked up when discussing his childhood in nearby Albany Park — and his father Benjamin M. Emanuel, a Jerusalem-born pediatrician, known around Chicago as "Doc" Emanuel.
Oh, Rahmbo, what a sweet, heart-warming scene.
Too bad it's fake.
Given what happened earlier in the week, some people in Chicago seem to know that.
I hope a majority of people in Chicago know it.
Voting for Rahmbo to run Chicago would be like voting for Monsanto, G.E., JP Morgan Chase, and Microsoft to run Chicago.
Rahm never found a corporation he wouldn't put above humans.
I find this characterization of Rahm at Huffingtonpost to be on target:
“Rahm is a self absorbed jerk. His first allegiance is to himself. Then to Israel. Then to big money. Then to corporations. America, Democrats, Unions, Progressives and Chicagoans are at the bottom of his list, although you can bet he will cater to all until the election is over. If this jack wad is elected, Chicago is in serious trouble.”
I dunno about Israel, but I can attest from watching Rahm first as a congressman and then as Obama's chief of staff that he certainly does put himself, big money, and corporations way above America, Democrats, Unions, Progressives and Chicagoans.