Sunday, August 16, 2009
Rahm the pile driver -- does he run the show?
Emanuel Wields Power Freely, and Faces the Risks
By PETER BAKER and JEFF ZELENY
Published: August 15, 2009
. . . The caricature of Mr. Emanuel as a profanity-spewing operative has given way to a more nuanced view: as a profanity-spewing operative with a keen understanding of how to employ power on behalf of a new president with relatively little experience in Washington.
Although relentlessly deferential to the president, Mr. Emanuel is clearly more chief than staff. While some predecessors husbanded their authority, lest it be diluted, friends said he believed the more someone used power, the more power that person had.
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