Rahm Emanuel speaks his mind in contentious interview

Written By Chad Merda Posted: 04/07/2014, 08:57am

In a wide-ranging and contentious interview with The New Republic, Mayor Rahm Emanuel opens up on a variety of topics and at one point, criticizes the reporter “for the ridiculousness of that question.”

The mayor also is quick to point out that he wasn’t the first one to swear in the interview.

First though, he refuses to take the bait right out of the gate and say anything negative about former Mayor Richard M. Daley.

When questioned about term limits, he agrees with reporter Isaac Chotiner that Bill Clinton probably would still be president if they didn’t exist.

It doesn’t take long for the Rahm we’ve come to know and love to emerge when the line of questions get personal.

IC: But you still have this reputation. You must have seen what Robert Gates called you in his book: “a whirling dervish with attention deficit disorder.”

RE: Yeah, so? What are you wondering?

IC: Well—

RE: Finish your question.

He goes on to say that he has more than “one gear.”

“Look, politicians are usually gray. I am not,” Emanuel says.

Things get kicked up a notch when asked about his competitive instinct, and whether or not he wanted to be in Washington to fix the Obamacare website.

Did I wish I was in Washington to fix a website? Let me answer that. I have a single-word answer. No. Please do not edit out the sarcasm of that answer.

It’s been a clean interview — up to this point — but that changes and doesn’t go unnoticed.

IC: I am not going to ask about Hillary Clinton and Obama but—

RE: [Laughs.] What a setup for that question.

IC: Well, I already got shit for the last one.

RE: You are the first person to swear in this interview.

In addition to talking about foreign policy, Emanuel also has some bad news for the GOP. Mainly, Chris Christie no longer is the savior of the party.

“It may take more than an immediate time frame for him to recover, and he doesn’t have more than that,” Emanuel says.

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