Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Obama Offers Rahm Emanuel Chief of Staff Position

Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House, is strongly considering an offer from President-elect Barack Obama to serve as White House chief of staff, according to Democratic sources, reports WaPo.

According to Wikipedia, his father, the Jerusalem-born Benjamin M. Emanuel, is a pediatrician and was a member of the Irgun, a militant Zionist group treated as a terrorist organization during British rule.

Emanuel was a leading strategist in the unsuccessful White House efforts during the Clinton Administration to institute universal healthcare. After the White House years, he joined the Chicago office of the investment banking firm Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, where he worked from 1999 to 2002 and reportedly earned $18 million. He is a member of the Democratic Leadership Council.

He endorses the United States Public Service Academy Act.

The United States Public Service Academy is a lobbying group founded to promote the foundation of an American public service academy modeled on the military academies. Applicants to the Academy would follow a congressional nomination process similar to that used for admission to the military academies.

Once admitted, students would earn credits toward a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Students would be required to choose a public service concentration in the field in which they ultimately will serve post-graduation.

Graduates would be required to serve their country for five years in the public sector.

Failure to complete five years of service would result in a dishonorable discharge from the Academy. Delinquent graduates would be required to repay the Academy for the cost of their education.

UPDATE: MSNBC reports Rahm has accepted the post.

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