Rahm Emanuel, Obama, and the State of the Union
Rahm Emanuel, former chief of staff to President Obama, is referred to as ‘The Godfather’ by some in the media, including the Drudge Report.
As a nickname, The Oddfather makes more sense.
How so? Emanuel is said to favor the following strategy for Obama’s upcoming State of the Union address:
“What you do with the first term is say, ‘I inherited a mess, I did what I could to stabilize it, and here’s what we’re gonna do.’ “
The disconnect with such a strategy is that’s exactly what’s been used by the President for the last three-plus years. And the mess Obama inherited? We look back on those days with nostalgia: good times…good times.
Emanuel told the [University of Chicago] audience that the State of the Union Speech should deemphasize the first term. He said, “Elections are all about tomorrow, not about the past. If you’re going forward while you’re looking in the rear view mirror, they’ll catch you on that and you’ll have an accident.”
With that quote, The Oddfather ignores the fact Obama had his “accident” (well, several: the economy, unemployment, across-the-board foreign policy failures, Obamacare, Fast and Furious, constitution shredding, etc.) some time ago and has been sitting in the mess ever since. A normal father changes his child’s soiled diapers; The Oddfather, not so much.
Hey, what kind of value-adding council and advice would you expect from Emanuel, who managed to make $16.2 million in two years as an
crony capitalist “investment banker”?