Thought y’all might find this interesting:
Graham Statement on Rahm Emanuel as White House Chief of
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham
(R-South Carolina) today made this statement on the news Illinois Congressman
Rahm Emanuel has accepted the job as White House Chief of Staff. Graham spoke
by phone with Emanuel earlier today.
“This is a wise choice by President-elect Obama.
“Rahm knows Capitol Hill and has great political
skills. He can be a tough partisan but also understands the need to work
together. He is well-suited for the position of White House Chief of Staff.
“I worked closely with him during the presidential
debate negotiations which were completed in record time. When we hit a rough
spot, he always looked for a path forward. I consider Rahm to be a friend and
colleague. He’s tough but fair. Honest, direct, and candid. These qualities
will serve President-elect Obama well.
“Rahm understands the challenges facing our nation
and will, consistent with the agenda set by President-elect Obama, work to find
common ground where it exists. I look forward to working with him in his new
position and will continue to do everything I can to help find a pathway forward
on the difficult problems facing our nation.”
After reading of Mr. Emanuel being a hard-ball operative from Clinton days, and how he was expected to play "bad cop" to Obama’s "good cop," I was prepared not to like him. I mean, didn’t we choose Obama over Hillary Clinton to get away from that stuff? But if Lindsey likes him, I need to reconsider.
Just in case you didn’t know.