Rahm Emanuel is known for, among other things, for his temper. The former White House Chief of Staff has long had a reputation for not playing nicely in the sandbox. From sending political foes dead fishes to show his discontent, Rahm is not the one to play ball with.
Still, over the past few months, Rahm has proven himself to be the Zen master. In his campaign for Chicago mayor, he was attacked, thrown off the ballot and still- nothing but calm. Many said that he was holding on the outbursts until he got into office. Other said he had left the Washington Rahm behind. Well turns out, the good ol’ Rahm that we know and love is back.
In an interview this week, the new Chicago Mayor was asked about his children’s schooling and a glimpse of that temper showed itself. Rumors have been swirling that Rahm will be sending his children to the esteemed, private University of Chicago Lab School in the fall. The school is where the Obama girls, Sasha and Malia attended before their move to Washington. Responding to NBC anchor Mary Ann Ahern’s questions about his choice about where he would send his children to school, Rahm responded with a short but thorough dressing down, saying:
“Oh, Mary Ann, let me break the news to you. My children are not in a public position. The mayor is. … No, no, no, you have to appreciate this. My children are not an instrument of me being mayor. My children are my children. And that may be news for you, and that may be new for you, Mary Ann, but I want you to understand — no, no, no, you have to understand this. I’m making this decision as a father.”
After finishing his answer, Rahm broke out the classic, “I’d shank you if these cameras weren’t rolling” grin as his team signaled the interview had come to an end. Only ten minutes into the twenty minute interviews, Ahern struggled to get more time with Rahm. And with his signature grin, Rahm took off his microphone and left the room.
While it is not full on Rahm ragecage, most political observers will be waiting to see when the lid finally flips off.
The political question isn’t new, but is Rahm right about his children’s schooling being a private matter? Weigh in Clutchettes and gents- tell us what you think!