Nov 5, 2008 23:03 | Updated Nov 5, 2008 23:19 Obama's chief of staff: Rahm Emanuel By JPOST.COM STAFF President-elect Barack Obama on Wednesday offered the job of White House chief of staff to Democratic Congressman Rahm Emanuel, who reportedly accepted the offer. Emanuel is the Chicago-born son of a former Israeli. Obama, right, smiles as he listens to US Rep. Rahm Emanuel, during an unscheduled stop at the Chicago Sister Cities International Rally in Chicago in June 2008. Photo: AP [file] The 48-year-old Emanuel is a member of the Orthodox Jewish community of Chicago and grew up speaking Hebrew with his father, a pediatrician who was a member of the Irgun, the Jewish resistance group in Palestine, before the War of Independence in 1948. During the Gulf War in 1991, Emanuel came to Israel to serve as a civilian volunteer. Emanuel was a senior advisor to Bill Cliton during his term in the White House and was first elected to Congress in 2002. In October 2002 Emanuel differentiated himself from all other Democratic members of the Illinois Congressional delegation by supporting the joint resolution authorizing the war in Iraq. Emanuel was named the Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2005.
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