Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff prior to last month, made his belated, official announcement that he is running for Chicago mayor yesterday. It’s a job in which he has publicly shown interest for about a half-year.
While leading the Obama staff at the White House, the public heard stories about Rahm and the way he conducted business in Washington, D.C. He lived up to the coarse, undesirable manner a career Chicago politician is expected to conduct business. Some say that this is about the only way someone can run Chicago successfully. Though it could be done without the long linking of four-letter words unfit for Junior and Little Missy to hear, some feel the language is okay as long as the governmental missions are accomplished for the people. After all, the two Daley mayors weren’t soft spoken or mild-mannered in running the city at all.
That said, the public has seen a much milder Rahm since his return to Chicago, including the day of his mayoral run announcement this past Saturday. Something in the east coast water that isn’t in the waters of Lake Michigan? I think not.
Reminiscent of Rahm’s White House exit alongside President Obama about a month-and-a-half ago, Rahm, flanked by his wife and children, humbly appeared on Chicago’s North Side at the John C. Coonley Elementary School’s gymnasium to speak softly, smile, and even choke up regarding his love of Chicago and desire for becoming the next mayor of the city he loves so dearly.
Hell, I was hoping to hear some of those famous four-letter words that he’s been so famous for. It was like going to a Rolling Stones concert and Mick Jagger leaving out “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” And that’s exactly what I think many may have felt as they left the gym after Rahm’s speech – No Satisfaction!
Yet, Rahm chose to show Chicago a softer side by getting emotional in telling us about his father, ‘Doc’ Emanuel, an uncle who was on the police force, and other precious pebbles he chose to display as he walked us down his memory lane. Mentioning Albany Park was a beneficial touch to the many North Siders in attendance, too.
Though I was personally disappointing that the fire and brimstone were absent, Rahm is definitely doing what he believes will get him elected. From his brief performance in the White House, we know he can be hard as porcelain; and from his performance in the past six weeks during his Chicago ‘Listening Tour’ as well as during his announcement on Saturday, we know he can be soft as Charmin. And of course we know what both products have to do with. Flush!
I’m waiting for the ‘real Rahm’ of these two to step forward. And I’m more than certain as to which one he is – and it ain’t Charmin.