Rahm's Farewell Gift Chicago Style -- A Dead Fish

Asian Carp/AP

Asian Carp/AP  (AP2010)

Relayed by a Senior White House official, who was in the meeting:

Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers Austan Goolsbee gave an unusual farewell gift to the departing chief of staff at a senior staff meeting saying, "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."

Emanuel opened it and said "this is a dead fish!"

And Austan said "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."

In Chicago, this is how friends say goodbye.

The gift is a nod to one of the more legendary Rahm stories where he sent a dead fish to a pollster he didn't like, replicating a scene from "The Godfather."  Asian Carps are not well thought-of in the Chicago region, as preservationists fear the aggressive, devouring species are invading and disturbing the Great Lakes.

Mike Emanuel currently serves as chief congressional correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). He joined FNC in 1997 as a Los Angeles-based correspondent.