Emanuel leaving White House on Friday

Goodbye Rahm.  Can’t say that I’m sorry to see you go.  When you were head of the DCCC and I would get calls to contribute to that organization, I refused, because of you.  When the President selected you as his Chief-of-Staff, I was not happy.  You see Rham, I knew that you were a “blue dog” Democrat and I knew that your conservative values would not benefit the Democratic party during the 2008 campaign when you were head of the DCCC and when you were part of the Obama administration.  Your right of center policies have been a disaster for our president and his base.  So, with an anxious gesture I wave goodbye.  You will not be missed.

MSNBC

 Rahm Emanuel will resign as White House chief of staff on Friday. NBC News has confirmed that Pete Rouse, senior advisor to President Barack Obama, will be named as successor — likely on an interim basis.

It is still unclear who will take over the position permanently.

“The president will have a personnel announcement tomorrow,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in a press conference Thursday. “We will save the specifics for then.”

Gibbs said the president has “complete loyalty and trust” in Rouse, though he wouldn’t confirm Rouse had been tapped for the interim post.

Two people familiar with his plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they did not want to pre-empt Emanuel’s announcement, told The Associated Press that he will return to Chicago over the weekend and begin touring neighborhoods on Monday.

“He intends to run for mayor,” one of the people said.

Both people said they did not know when Emanuel would make an official announcement about his mayoral bid but that he would launch a website with a message to Chicago voters in the near future.      Continue reading…

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