October 1st, 2010
12:14 PM ET

Emanuel steps down for expected Chicago run

Veteran Illinois politician Rahm Emanuel - long known as one of toughest men in American politics - has stepped down from his powerful position as White House chief of staff, President Obama announced Friday.

Emanuel has been temporarily replaced by White House Deputy Chief of Staff Pete Rouse while Obama searches for a long-term replacement.

Emanuel, who held a Chicago congressional seat for six years, is widely expected to run for mayor of his hometown.

The move has been anticipated since Chicago Mayor Richard Daley recently decided not to run for re-election.


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  1. potomacscott

    Nice to see him go.Personally I don't think Chicago is far enough.How about trying Iran! And by the way,send Holder with him after he gets investigated and ousted from the Dept.of Injustice.

    October 1, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lunytune


    October 1, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Floria sigmundi

    Who said he would even win. Another reason why Obama was a poor presidential choice he can't even choose a cabinet that's reliable

    Check out this video on YouTube:


    October 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      I believe it is a 24/7 job. It burns people out Quickly. Bush I believe had more of a revolving door than President Obama.

      October 2, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. hoss

    Obama will just appoint someone equally worthless. better chicago than providence. good riddance

    October 1, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brianc

    Great! I live in the Chicago area. Now I have to be stuck with this moron calling all the shots??? Like the inner city of Chicago isn't already a haven for filth as it is??

    October 1, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Yeah. why would he want to come back and clean up his city. With the drop out rate, the crime, and the debt chicago is in, I guess he wants more chicago people to be educated, stope out some crime, and get Chicago in the black. Something the Mayor for 20 years hasn't worked for them. Be adventurous and try something new. Someone who can get something done and not be afraid to go flip the bird with his other finger.

      October 2, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. veronica

    i'm personally sad 2 see him go!He was & is needed 2 fight against Obama agianst the haters this administration has on adaily basis.. his toughness may have been critized but i think that's was his best quality! good luck Mr Emanuel!

    October 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. pretty

    pretty sudden. couldnt last two years. friends with the president what are his chances of winning.

    October 1, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Texas Vic

    He's kinda cute isn't he!

    October 2, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |