Barack Obama’s high-profile enforcer, Rahm Emanuel, has confirmed he is quitting the White House to run for Chicago mayor.
Announcing the move, the US President described Emanuel as “one of a kind.”
“It is fair to say that we could not have accomplished what we have accomplished without Rahm’s leadership, from preventing a second Depression to passing historice health care and financial reform legislation, to restoring America’s leadership in the world.”
Emanuel also spoke highly of his former boss and said he was excited to be heading home.
“Mr President, I thought I was tough. But as someone who saw firsthand how close our nation came to the brink and what you had to do to put America back on track, I want to thank you for being the toughest leader any country could ask for in the toughest times any president has ever faced,” said Emanuel.
His replacement is low-key insider Pete Rouse, a veteran Capitol Hill operator. But his time as Chief of Staff may be short, with a big turnover expected to follow November’s Congressional elections.