Posted on July 21, 2011

When Rahm’s Temper Made a Comeback

Mary Ann Ahern, NBC Chicago, July 21, 2011


In fact Emanuel’s temper can get the best of him. I found out yesterday when I asked him a question about where his children would go to school, and he let his famous temper emerge.


During a sit down, one-on-one interview, I asked where Emanuel’s three children will attend school upon their return to Chicago.


Similar to his former boss, Emanuel said it’s a private decision.

While I appreciate the desire for privacy, I tried to explain that the Mayor’s family is now in the public eye as Chicago’s First Family, and that the public would want to know whether Emanuel is confident enough in the public school system to send his own children there. But Emanuel broke in.

“Mary Ann, let me break the news to you. My children are not in a public position,” he said, curtly. “I am. You’re asking me a value statement and not a policy. … No, no, you have to appreciate this. My children are not an instrument of me being mayor. My children are my children, and that may be news to you, and that may be new to you, Mary Ann, but you have to understand that I’m making this decision as a father.”

The mayor stood up to leave.


As I tried to explain further, Emanuel doubled back. He looked directly at my two college interns, and said, “You are my witnesses.”

Then, the Mayor of Chicago positioned himself inches from my face and pointed his finger directly at my head. He raised his voice and admonished me. How dare I ask where his children would go to school!


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23 responses to “When Rahm’s Temper Made a Comeback”

  1. Jack in Chicago says:

    This reporter violated a unwritten, but very strict political rule that’s been in place for at least since Boston’s forced busing integration in the 1970s.

    Liberal political leaders are not to be confronted that they do not send their children to public schools with rough Black/non White public school students. The Kennedy family didn’t send their children to suffer forced busing, neither did Gov. Dukakis’s family – there was some issue about Amy Carter going to a public school in D.C. with an army of secret service agents, but that ended. The Clintons and Obamas are given a free pass with their children- as long as they are attending elite private schools that push PC liberalism. Believe me the private school Emanuel is going to send his children to – same one Obama sent his to in Chicago (the one I attended) is very aggressively PC lib/min.

    It’s one of the perks of being in the “in crowd” of being “progressive” of being the best and the brightest – in the elite: your children get to go to elite private schools where they don’t get terrorized by lower class Blacks.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Well of course he’s not going to send his kids to a Chicago public school — he is one of the elites!

    Public schools are for the masses — for the workers — for you and I. Even though Rahm Emanuel tells us that there is no such thing as race, and that we are all the same, and that race doesn’t matter, that is not what HE believes. The disingenuous, lying, selfish, hypocritical elites aren’t about to subject their children to the joys of Diversity, but they will certainly push laws to force us to.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    What’s the news here? His children will go to private school. Quite frankly, if the American people, by and large, are foolish enough to “believe” in the public education system and entrust their own children in it, you can’t blame a more intelligent person who choses not to send their children for the standard 12 years of brainwashing. Besides, this guy is a thug and his behavior here is no surprise. I’m actually shocked at his diplomacy.

  4. sbuffalonative says:

    “… you have to understand that I’m making this decision as a father.”

    While I agree with Mayor Emanuel that his children are not a part of his public life as mayor, it is valid to ask why they won’t be attending a Chicago public school. The fact that he won’t be sending them to CPS’s only re-enforces the belief that he has not faith in public schools.

    Are there any high-ranking Democrats who send their children to public schools?

  5. ice says:

    His children might not hold a public position, but he does. So, therefore, HIS decision to send them outside a public school system he helped create is certainly information the public has a right to know, but, most of all, his actions speak volumes about what he really thinks about public schools.

    He displays the usual snobbish liberal attitude that says it’s good enough for the unwashed masses, but not for us.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Rahm, er that’s Tiny Fingers, let me break it to YOU….If you want the privilege of ruling the People then you had damn well better support the EXACT same institutions that you are so eager to rule.

    If you want your kids to go to private school that’s your decision, but get a PRIVATE JOB, not a public one. If you want to rule the city, you live in the city, you avail yourself of city services, and you don’t get on your high horse when we ask why what’s good enough for US isn’t good enough for YOU.

    As I said, Tiny Fingers, you want to send your kids to private schools? Then don’t come to us looking for a public job.

  7. dawesy says:

    I think the interviewer could have gotten away with asking if his kids were going to private or public school, but it seemed she was asking specifically “which school”. We all know the answer to that question, but it would have put him on the spot had it been asked correctly.

  8. Allan says:

    In the forty years I have lived in Chicago, as far as I can remember all the mayors have sent their children to private (usually Catholic) schools. Why is there now a big fuss because Rahm Emmanuel is sending his kids to a private school, presumably Anshe Emet–Bernard Zell Jewish School?

  9. Tim in Indiana says:

    I heard Emanuel on the sycophantic Chicago TV news last night talking about how he loves his children more than anything else in the world (including the city of Chicago, apparently), but no harsh coverage of why he isn’t willing to put his own children through the Chicago public school system. The Chicago TV news saves its harsh coverage for the Chicago area Tea Party.

    This is the best way to fluster a leftist, by the way: expose their own hypocrisy. They HATE that!

  10. CDE says:

    In fairness, New Jersey gov Chris Christie did the same thing. However, these guys are missing the point. Its not about their kids. Its about what they think of public education. That being said, due to the nature of their job, its probably better the kids aren’t in public school.

  11. Larry says:

    Left-liberal politics, of which the ballet-

    dancer is a prominent practioner, is all about

    forcing policies on others (preferably whites)

    that the advocate of the policies is not willing

    to endure himself.

  12. WASP says:

    As a former teacher I always find it ironic that union loving

    Democrats send their kids to private schools where they have no unions. Teachers are generally younger, less experienced, and make half the money in private schools but the standardized test scores are twice as high. Hmmmmm, how odd.

  13. Anonymous says:

    The blatant hypocrisy is that Rahm Emanuel announced his mayoral candidacy from the gymnasium of a Chicago Public School. He boasted that he had helped start the gifted student program at this elementary school while serving in Congress. Nevertheless, the school is not good enough for his children, gifted program or not.

    You have to love the fact that Emanuel justified his family’s decision by arguing that his children are extremely intelligent.

    Emanuel’s own parents bailed out of Chicago early on and moved to the a suburban school district with one of the most highly ranked public schools in all of Illinois. Despite trying to paint himself as a lifelong Chicagoan, Emanuel has spent much of his life living elsewhere.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Allan is incorrect. Emanuel is sending his children to the University of Chicago Lab School in Hyde Park (the same school formerly attended by Obama’s daughters). The school is a great distance from Emanuel’s residence.

    Emanuel would have probably endured less criticism if he enrolled his children in a full-time religious school, but he did not do so.

  15. Anonymous says:

    To beg the question. Why are the kids of the elite not enrolled in public schools? Perhaps if their children were forced to attend those public schools, “diversity” would NOT be pushed as hard upon the rest of us. Similarly, if the elites were forced to live in Section 8 housing and the ghettos, how wonderful diversity is would disappear overnight. This actually would make an entertaining movie. It is nice to live the good life all paid for by complying taxpayers, right Emanuel?

  16. Pelayo says:

    I’m one of the NJ teachers who keeps quiet in the faculty lounges full of good but sometimes nauseatingly liberal people. We have a small group of Conservatives and we usually meet in an empty classroom in order to vent about school and national issues.

    I respect what Christie is doing vis a vis the state’s fiscal difficulties but he tends to be excessively combative. The way he went off on that reporter who questioned him about where his kids attended school was a bit over the top.

    I can’t imagine that should he decide to run for President that he would be very successful given his personality. Honest is one thing but rude is another.

    On the other hand I’ve heard some of my colleagues refer to him as a fat bastard, SOB, a fat f— and a host of other pejoratives including a variety of wishful scenarios involving his demise. One of these poor misguided idiots who upon coming back from what she described as a “lovely vacation’ in Vermont added ” but the only downside is that it’s SOOOOOO White!” I used amazing restraint to keep from telling her that THAT WAS the reason for her “lovely vacation.

    The left only loves the underclass and can be shockingly hateful toward those with whom they don’t agree.

    The sexually sadistic remarks of Bill Maher about Barbara Bachman were absolutely reprehensible. They seem to fear attractive women who have right of center ideas. By using crude sexual remarks they reduce them to the very level about which the feminists protest so loudly. They are the ultimate hypocrites.

  17. ItsAStart says:

    I have a simple solution for the mess our schools are in: Pass a law that all elected officials must send their kids to a local public school, regardless of where they’re living. Simply remove the private/home school option for anyone elected to a public office.

    If both Obama’s girls were attending a DC public school, maybe he’d start giving a damn. Worth a try anyway.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I’m a teacher in a major urban area. After one week on the job several years ago, I resolved then and there never (ever) to send any children of mine to a ‘public’ school unless it was an all-white school like I experienced when I was growing up.

    Put aside all the race talk for a moment. Humor me.

    The problem with urban schools, or any school with a large non-white population, is not ‘skin color.’ It’s that horrible, terrible and crass ghetto-thug, gangsta-rapper, narco-thug, hoochie-momma way of life that those kids live.

    It is so alien to traditional white American values. (Think: Leave it to Beaver, 8 is Enough, or the Andy Griffith show. Disclosure: I am not that old, but watched them as reruns in the 80s.)

    There is no difference between a lie and the truth for most of my urban students – it’s just what works better for them at the moment. Cheating? It’s natural, so much so that they will do it right in front of the teacher, and act aggrieved when they’re called on it.

    Stealing? Anything that can fit in a pocket, bookbag or hand – is gone. If you leave anything out, it’s gone in five minutes – even a tape roll. (Especially a tape roll, for some reason.)

    Shyness, bashfulness, restrained physical urges? NOT A CHANCE! Any boy can go to any girl, anywhere, and put on his aggresive song-and-dance – and get what he wants.

    Vulgarity? NONE STOP. Every third word is a cuss word or the “N” word. Latinos – same thing.

    How about plans for the future? Most want to sell drugs, and they will tell you to your face with all honesty, because it’s a viable career choice with examples all around them. The girls speak of becoming welfare mommas. They mostly (boys and girls) abuse drugs or alcohol, and they do ‘the nasty’ so much that the schools give out free condoms DAILY, and they’re always having sexually explicit training sessions to show the kids how to use them.)

    Do I want my kids thrown in that cess pool of negative VALUES? Do I want to see my young spiral down the path into permanent poverty?

    As a conservative, I don’t have to apologize or justify my choice to send my kids to a mostly white private school. Liberals, the ‘down-with-the-people,’ social justice crowd, DO have to justify their elitism, but since it shows their hypocrisy, they try to shut down the conversations with anger and foul words.

  19. JustSaying says:

    “…she described as a “lovely vacation’ in Vermont added ” but the only downside is that it’s SOOOOOO White!”

    Just nod & say, “That sounds delightful!” It doesn’t need to begin a discussion, but it might confirm what she’s secretly thinking.

    Liberals need to be messed with now & then.

  20. Mr.White says:

    “… you have to understand that I’m making this decision as a father.”


    Very well…then as a “father,” will you be sending your kids to a private school?

  21. sedonaman says:

    I never understood this “private decision” excuse to avoid answering the REAL question [which has yet to be asked of any politician], “Why aren’t you drinking from the same cup you expect ordinary Americans to drink from?”

  22. Pelayo says:

    19 — JustSaying wrote at 4:25 PM on July 22:

    “…she described as a “lovely vacation’ in Vermont added ” but the only downside is that it’s SOOOOOO White!”

    Just nod & say, “That sounds delightful!” It doesn’t need to begin a discussion, but it might confirm what she’s secretly thinking.

    Liberals need to be messed with now & then.”


    You know. I wished that I’d thought of that at the time. This comment about excessive “whiteness” is very common. I’ll remember that next time it comes up/

    Tanks fur deh tip.

  23. Who Run Bartertown? says:

    Years ago, Charles Murray — while addressing a convention of libertarians — made the obvious point: hypocrisy is the left’s Achilles’ Heel; strike it repeatedly. Sadly, nine-tenths of reporters [according to multiple surveys] are themselves gauchistes. And a thug such as Mr. Emanuel never will countenance questions from one of the tiny battalion of non-lefty scribes who have courage.