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Rahm Given Dead Fish At Teary Send-Off

From ABC News:

A Teary Emanuel Gets Dead Fish At White House Send-off

Jake Tapper
October 01, 2010

At the 8:30 staff meeting in the Roosevelt Room this morning, departing chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was given a gift by Council of Economic Advisers chair Austan Goolsbee: a dead Asian carp…

The specific species was a reference to Emanuel’s focus as a member of Congress and White House chief of staff on the aggressive, invasive Asian carp, bane of the Great Lakes, a plankton-devouring creature heading towards Chicago.

Goolsbee said: “I talked to the policy team and we wanted to give you a going away present—something to show how we feel about you but also shows we understand your new possibilities.  I was the natural go between—I voted for you all three times you ran for Congress and even in that first primary.  So here is your present.”

If Mr. Goolsbee had meant to impress Rahm he should have told him he voted for him three times in each election.

Emanuel opened it. “This is a dead fish!” he said.

Goolsbee: “To most people, it looks like a dead fish.  But to a future mayor of Chicago, it looks like a dead Asian Carp.  And you’ll be happy to know that it wasn’t easy to find one of these”

Austan ‘Powers’ Goolsbee is the reputed wit of the White House.

Said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs: “In Chicago, this is how friends say goodbye.”

Emanuel, who got teary during the staff meeting, told staffers that he knows that he pushed staffers “very hard. But I did it in service to the president. And I believe that our whole country is better off for it.”

Staffers gave him a standing ovation.

Looking around, but we don’t see any evidence that the whole country is better off for Mr. Emanuel’s work. But perhaps we have a different standard. 

But speaking of fish, would it be ungracious to note at this time that Rahm Emanuel has always struck us as a ‘big fish in a little ponce’?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, October 1st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Rahm Given Dead Fish At Teary Send-Off”

  1. AcornsRNutz

    This is too funny.

    On a somewhat related note, why is there a carp czar and not a snakehead czar? Could it be because catfishermen brought the carp here, but snakeheads were illegally smuggled by equally illegally “undocumented (asian) Americans)? If there were such a czar, would he not have to prove that illegal immigration is causing, among economic and health hazards, ecological damage as well?

    In any event, this article is obviously the product of a slow news day. If Rahm turns up missing will we assume he is with Luca Brazzi?

  2. Rusty Shackleford

    Was it Kosher?

  3. BannedbytheTaliban

    “When the boss offers you a fish, you take the fish.”

  4. TerryAnne

    Where’s PETA?

  5. GetBackJack

    ” … a little ponce …”

    Bwa-hahahaha.

    Steve, you rock, bubba.

    (youse other guys, google the definition)

  6. beautyofreason

    Hmm…..dead fish.

    Smelly, gooey, glazed eyes, invasive, competing for resources against local species.

    Yep, a perfect gift for him.

  7. hushpuppy

    In another thread I commented on how dinglebarry wears certain colors on wristbands and ties – most often they’re purple (SEIU) or green (for that abomination of a ‘religion’.

    In the press conference, Barry gives a press send off announcing Rahm’s return to politics and non-verbally indicates the SEIU should ‘help’ Rahm. Tis is done by the purple tie he’s wearing.

    I find by watching his body language and actions to be more telling about the real Barry than the invented creature and pathological liar known to the western world as Barak Insane Obama. Mmm! Mmm! Mmm!

    http://abcnews.go.com/video/pl.....affil=blog

  8. tranquil.night

    “In Chicago, this is how friends say goodbye.”

    Nothing says respect and appreciation more.

    Maybe on Fibbs last day as press secretary everyone can lovingly give him a Chicago style good-bye.

    Sure as hell gonna miss these effin’ r-words. Not.

  9. DoctorRock

    Chill, my brothers. Here’s the new ponce:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Rouse
    Looks like he ditched his edgy fur hat (the one with that smart red star on it) for the camera, but even so, nobody would ever mistake him for anyone but Kamerade Petrov. He’s not even Israeli – he’s Japanese! Oh how the mighty have fallen. I sincerely hope he hires Alan Grayson as staffer – what a loss for the country to lose such talent.

  10. Liberals Demise

    I’m thinkin’ the dead fish (wrapped in the NYT) smelled better than everyone in the room.

    Capo Rahm getting a dead fish is fitting.
    (reference “The Godfather”)

  11. Chase

    Pete ‘Ponce’ Rouse is a lifelong bachelor who raises Maine Coon cats….

    Another well-connected, down-to-earth, “I feel your pain,” been-there, done that American – NOT.

    The article does not say how long he lived with his parents…

    I suppose like another 4-6% of our population that it is just as well that he breeds cats vs his own species.

    • proreason

      Most lifelong bachelors are either queer, playboys, or socially disfunctional.

      Great to hear another out-of-the-mainsteam person will be the second most powerful man in the country.

  12. Natural Born Citizen

    “Said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs: “In Chicago, this is how friends say goodbye.” ”

    Maybe this tradition can be combined with the Iraq/Muslim tradition for throwing shoes? I am sure Rahm “Twinkle-toes” Emmanuel can use his ballet training to dodge the incoming barrage of dead fish! Next up Press Secetary Robert Gibbs; except no dead carp, how about a live Snakehead fish fresh from the Potomac!


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