Goodbyes are often a time of reflection. And now that former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has left his post to campaign to be mayor of Chicago, it is a good time to look back on five of his most colorful moments.
Former New York representative Eric Massa recalled the confrontation, “"I was a congressman in my first eight weeks, and I was in the congressional gym, and I went down and I worked out and I went into the showers...I'm sitting there showering, naked as a jaybird and here comes Rahm Emanuel not even with a towel wrapped around his tush, poking his finger in my chest, yelling at me because I wasn't going to vote for the president's budget. Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?”
It has been reported that Emanuel once gave a dead fish to a pollster he didn't like. And now he has received a similar gift from Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers Austan Goolsbee as a farewell gift.
Advising British Prime Minister Tony Blair appearing with Clinton after the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal erupted, he reportedly said "This is important. Don't f--- it up,"
Emanual reportedly said in a strategy meeting last year that liberal groups' plans to air ads against Democrats were 'f-ing retarded'
According to Naftali Bendavid’s book "The Thumpin," the Chamber of Commerce pro-business advertisements scared the sh-- out of him during the 2006 elections.