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!

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  • Apples

    Yes, there his children. They didn’t choose to be in the public realm. He did and he’s doing the best he can as a father to limit their exposure.

    LMAO at the interview. Rahm Emanuel has a way of crackin’ me up with his outbursts!

  • BlackButterfly

    He was right on the money with his answer…

    Maryann better watch her back before she gets a dead fish in the mail LOL!

  • Fox

    For the parents whose kids are in shitty schools—DO WHAT YOU CAN AT HOME OR ON A SATURDAY MORNING. Take them to the library instead of the fucking mall sometimes. Go to the science center or whatever is free in your city. Damn. We all know money talks so if you can’t afford to live in a frou-frou part of town and go to their good schools, you have to do the best with what you have until better opportunity comes.

    Hilarious how gangsta he was with it. *drops the mic and walks off*. He knew that question was coming, because right after he finished, the assistant started talking like ok wrap this up.

  • Jay

    Really, there is no way I would put my child in a public school. If the parents are so mad about how the school is performing stop blaming everyone else but theirselves and do something about it. A child is a reflection of the parent. Do blame society because you are failing as a parent. I don’t blame any public figure for wanting better for their children as I do for mine. In addition, why would you put your child in an under performing school???