Obama ribs Rahm Emanuel. “Everyday is a swearing-in ceremony.”

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CHICAGO–President Obama ribbed chief of staff and friend Rahm Emanuel Saturday at the Alfalfa Dinner. These dinners are marked by speeches that often are marked by self mockery and mockery of those around you. Obama’s quips about Emanuel made note of his well known use of profanity.

Obama’s zingers, as provided by excepts from the White House:

“Now, this hasn’t been reported yet, but it was actually Rahm’s idea to do the

swearing-in ceremony again. Of course, for Rahm, every day is a swearing-in

ceremony.

“But don’t believe what you read. Rahm Emanuel is a real sweetheart.

No, it’s true. Every week the guy takes a little time away to give back to the

community. Just last week he was at a local school, teaching profanity to poor

children.”

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below, excerpts from Obama Alfalfa speech from the White House

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 31, 2009

Excerpts from the Remarks of President Barack Obama

Alfalfa Dinner

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Washington, DC

I am seriously glad to be here tonight at the annual Alfalfa dinner. I know

that many you are aware that this dinner began almost one hundred years ago as a

way to celebrate the birthday of General Robert E. Lee. If he were here with us

tonight, the General would be 202 years old. And very confused.

Now, this hasnt been reported yet, but it was actually Rahms idea to do the

swearing-in ceremony again. Of course, for Rahm, every day is a swearing-in

ceremony.

But don’t believe what you read. Rahm Emanuel is a real sweetheart.

No, it’s true. Every week the guy takes a little time away to give back to the

community. Just last week he was at a local school, teaching profanity to poor

children.

But these are the kind of negotiations you have to deal with as President. In

just the first few weeks, Ive had to engage in some of the toughest diplomacy

of my life. And that was just to keep my Blackberry. I finally agreed to limit

the number of people who could email me. Its a very exclusive list. How

exclusive?

Everyone look at the person sitting on your left Now look at the person

sitting on your right None of you have my email address.

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