Rahm Gets a Dead Fish

During the sentimental send off of Chief of Staff Rham Emmanuel, Obama was quoted in his opening remarks as saying,

It’s fair to say we could not have accomplished what we have accomplished without Rham’s leadership.”

Sorry, Mr. President, if we’re not nearly so teary eyed as you are after his departure.  After a statement like that maybe we’re even more exuberant to see the volatile left-winger go.  Because what you’ve accomplished is the most unpopular healthcare legislation in history, devastatingly wasteful stimulus spending, and economic policy that has all but doomed America’s future.

Yeah. Thanks alot, Rahm.

What a parting gift to give to a departing cabinet member who shortly will be engaged in a campaign for mayorship of Chicago.  I’m sure he really appreciated being tied to all your worthless policy-making, Obama.  Wait, not worthless, because worthless would imply that liberal policy had no effect on our country.  How about destructive? Devastating? Yeah that’s about right. I mean its not like he wouldn’t have been tied to the anemic policies of the Obama administration anyway, but the President sure wanted to stress the point about how instrumental Emmanuel was to the administration’s “success.”  And, yeah, I’m sure the residents of Chicago got the message all too clearly for Emmanuel who probably berated his good friend Barack Obama  after the reporters had gone.  I can just hear the conversation:

Didn’t we talk about this, Barack?  No one wants to be tied to our policy making in the White House! Why do you think every Democrat in the nation is avoiding any connection to our Administration?  Look, I know I was the one that told you what to do, but there’s no reason to bring that to everyone’s attention on national TV!”

But that’s not the only going away present Emmanuel received from the White House.  According to the Washington Post, on his last day in the office, Emmanuel received the flattering present of a dead fish from the Council of Economic Advisors.  A dead fish.  From the Council of Economic Advisors.

Well, apparently it wasn’t just any fish though, which I guess makes it a little less degrading.  Turns out it was a rare Asian carp.  Here’s Austin Goolsbee, head of the budget department on the “gift”:

“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.”

Whoopee.  An Asian Carp is exactly what I want as a going away present.  I’m sure it won’t smell bad at all either on the plane to Chicago.  Yeah, these are the guys we elected to lead our country.

But in fairness, let me give you the Goolsbee’s explanation for the present:

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.”

Annnnnd……they came up with a dead fish.  I mean, Asian Carp, sorry.  They’re hard to find, you know?  That about sums up the capabilities of the White House policy staff right there.  When faced with the decision of what to do in a budget crisis and economic instability: raise taxes on the rich and spend money like a drunken sailor.  When faced with reforming the healthcare system: push a plan down the throat of Congress that will increase the deficit, raise costs, and fatally injure the insurance industry. 

And when faced with the daunting task of providing a going away gift for their charismatic Cheif of Staff: A dead, rare Asian carp.

What? You don’t see much of a difference between those policies?  Yeah.  Neither do I.  Congratulations Rham Emmanuel, I guess the saying is true: you get out of something what you put into it.



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