We invoke the sacrifices of our fallen heroes in the abstract, but we seldom take time to thank them individually.

— Rahm Emanuel

The most memorable Rahm Emanuel quotes that will inspire your inner self

While Mayor Daley surprised me today with his decision to not run for reelection, I have never been surprised by his leadership, dedication and tireless work on behalf of the city and the people of Chicago.

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A strong economy depends on a strong middle class, but George Bush has put the middle class in a hole, and John McCain has a plan to keep digging that hole with George Bush's shovel.

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We're bending the law as far as we can to ban an entirely new class of guns.

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Everybody knows they're on the Obama team: There isn't vice presidential vs.

presidential division, there's not a generational pull. People have internalized that this is a real moment in history.

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When it comes to federal elections law, Tom DeLay and his special-interest friends live by one set of rules, and everyone else lives by a very different set.

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I still believe the Lewinsky investigation was way off from the focus of what Whitewater was, which turned out to be nothing at the end of the process. And I think that there were people who were determined as political opponents to not allow his presidency to succeed.

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I would like to run for the mayor of the city of Chicago.

That has always been an aspiration of mine even when I was in the House of Representatives.

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No officer should be allowed to behave as if they are above the law, just because they are responsible for upholding the law.

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You never let a serious crisis go to waste.

And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.

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As individuals, we will be judged in our lives by the totality of our actions.

Not one thing will stand out. And I think that's how we get judged by our colleagues and that's how we get judged by the good lord.

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What is more comforting to the terrorists around the world: the failure to pass the 9/11 legislation because we lacked 'a majority of the majority,' or putting aside partisan politics to enact tough new legislation with America's security foremost in mind?

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When people told me 'It's great to be here', they meant at the house, not with me.

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About Rahm Emanuel

Quotes 61 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Politician
Birthday October 16

Things happened there that I don't think are the finest hours for anybody, whether it was a journalist, the legal system or, in that case of the political system, who would say that was an example of when Washington worked best.

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There's no safe Republican district. You can run, but you cannot hide.

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I wake up some mornings hating me too.

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I do not believe that a counterterrorism strategy all by itself, without a sufficient level of counterinsurgency, will work.

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I don't want to go negative on Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but he didn't pass an economic deal in the first 100 days. We have passed the largest Recovery Act in the history of the country.

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I've never been in a place where winning has hurt the ability to do anything.

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I sometimes joke, Paula, even paranoid people have enemies.

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Rather than doing the kind of fact-checking that normally goes with a story, you ran with certain stories for not wanting to get beat. There's a pressure that exists in your profession. I would be surprised in any honest exchange that you say that doesn't exist.

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I think indeed our response on counterinsurgency needs to be finely tuned to the needs of Afghanistan. This is not Iraq. We don't have a Sons of Iraq here. We don't have the same divisions here that we had between Sunni and Shia.

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We have come a long way and we have a little further to go.

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I should say the leadership's proposal in the Senate and the House are very unpopular. And when people realize it will raise taxes, raise their insurance premiums cost and explode the deficit, they think twice about it.

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You may say I may be unfit to be mayor. But you can never say I'm an unfit mayor.

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The problem is, you have to look at Afghanistan also in a global context where we've canceled basically our missile defense system undercutting the Czech Republic in Poland. We've I think not dealt with Iran with the kind of resolve that would show that we understand the nature of that threat.

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The Afghan - obviously the parties will decide which course of action.

The most important there, get a government that is seen as legitimate to the people and has the credibility to be a partner in the effort to secure Afghanistan so it's not a haven for al Qaeda or other type of terrorists or international terrorist organizations.

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I mean,you will have an Afghan government.

There are two roads here. One is obviously a run-off election or a negotiated settlement. But what's most important about that process is that there's a credibility and a legitimacy to the government at the end of that process. So which road they choose, that's up to them. It must have - be legitimate and credible in the eyes of the Afghan people.

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Republicans are 'bad people who deserve a two-by-four upside their heads.'

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The American people... want change. They want big ideas, big reform.

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Our troops are the best in the world.

I have absolute confidence in the ability of the troops who are here, or additional troops, to do their part.

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In the White House, you can be on the pitcher's mound or you can be in the catcher's position. Put points on the board. Show people you can govern. Deliver on what you said you were going to deliver on.

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There has to be a reform within the government that is tangible, that we can actually measure and that we have confidence is going to provide some of the differences that I think are essential to our troops to be able to carry out their mission and to the longer- term interests of our country.

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I hope President [Hamid] Karzai understands that our national security interests don't depend entirely on his decision there whether to allow a recount. Obviously the legitimacy of that government is an important component of it. My point is it shouldn't be the lynch pin for us deciding whether we're going to protect our national security interests in that region.

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At some point, deliberation begins to look more like indecisiveness which then becomes a way of emboldening our enemies and allies and causing our allies to question our resolve. So we shouldn't let one component of this determine our national security here which depends on providing an Afghanistan which denies a safe haven to terrorists as well as stabilizing Pakistan. Those are our two national security interests at stake in Afghanistan.

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Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values.

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They ended up spending a total, their campaign plus the independent, about 1.

3 million. I only ended up spending about - not only, but I spent about 2 million. But I had no intention of doing that until I was attacked with a negative ad by an independent group.

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The fact is, Bush's war policy has failed. It's failed! Who better to say so than Jack Murtha?

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I think the most important thing for us to make judgments about is what can we really do? What can we achieve?

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As we move forward, I am looking for a new leader of the Chicago Police Department to address the problems at the very heart of the policing profession. The problem is sometimes referred to as "the thin blue line." The problem is other times referred to as "the code of silence." It is this tendency to ignore. It is the tendency to deny. It is the tendency, in some cases, to cover up the bad actions of a colleague or colleagues.

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Permitting and protecting even the smallest acts of abuse by a tiny fraction of our officers leads to a culture where extreme acts of abuse are more likely.

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Personally, I don't pick books for how people think about me. I read books so I can learn.

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Deliberation is a good thing when it comes to fighting wars.

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Every election is different, every context is different.

I believe the record I was allowed to help establish by the side of the president Bill Clinton was important.

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We're proud of the work we're doing to make Chicago a great city for people of all ages. Nothing's more important than keeping in mind the needs of older adults - and how valuable a role they play in improving the city, based on their amazing collective talent and wisdom.

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Take your f***ing tampon out and tell me what you have to say.

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Nearly losing my life made me want to live my life.

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I believe the record I was allowed to help establish by the side of the president was important.

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Counting the numbers of troops is not going to define our success here.

There is no military success, ultimately, to Afghanistan. The Afghans themselves are going to define what happens here. And we have to convince ourselves that we have a strategy in place that empowers them to do that and that is realistic in what our expectations are from them and on what schedule.

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[Obama White House] rescued the economy from the worst recession.

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