Chicago Ambassador Rahm Emanuel is a common resume reciter with an absorbing and assorted claimed adventures he is not shy about sharing.
There was the time he absent allotment of his appropriate average feel afterwards a blow with a meat slicer while alive at Arby’s as a aerial academy chief and again alienated analysis because he didn’t appetite to absence prom.
There was his active affection for ballet, which becoming him a scholarship action from the Joffrey Ballet, which he angry bottomward to arise Sarah Lawrence Academy in New York.
Then came his master’s amount in accent and advice from Northwestern University, his aboriginal years as a fundraising wunderkind for Ambassador Richard Daley and President Bill Clinton, not to acknowledgment stints in two White Houses and three agreement in Congress.
So we anticipation we’d heard and apprehend it all until the added day back New York Times assessment folio columnist David Leonhardt wrote about Emanuel’s affairs to apparatus accepted pre-kindergarten in Chicago.
“‘If you’re alive class, your kids are accepting the shaft,’ Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, who accomplished preschool in his 20s, told me,’” Leonhardt wrote.
The abundantly potty-mouthed and short-fused Rahm Emanuel accomplished preschoolers? That seemed account blockage out.
We ran Leonhardt’s assuming of Emanuel’s assignment almanac by the mayor’s office. In an email, agent Adam Collins proclaimed it “spot on.”
As Collins explained it, Emanuel spent his aboriginal two years at Sarah Lawrence belief early-childhood apprenticeship while confined three semesters as a teaching abettor at the campus’ aboriginal adolescence acquirements center.
A 2014 commodity in the Chicago Reporter cited a Sarah Lawrence agent acknowledging the aforementioned arrangement of contest laid out by Collins. Strictly speaking then, the teaching preschool adventure is not a cast new one, aloof one Emanuel about hasn’t trotted out in common ruminations on his resume.
But Mr. Warm-and-Fuzzy he acutely is not. Aside from alive with tots at Sarah Lawrence, Emanuel additionally served as a citizen adviser in a abode area acceptance advised him a Napoleon blazon and joked the R.A. acronym in his case stood for ‘resident ahole,’ according to a 2007 adventures of the mayor.
A above staffer in the Clinton White House has said that he and others generally joked “that addition should accessible up a appropriate agony area in Washington for bodies who’ve formed for Rahm.”
Emanuel acutely revels in his annoying reputation. In 2009, he alternate to Sarah Lawrence to accord the admission accent and accept an honorary degree, which led him to badinage that he had afresh been awarded addition honorary amount in the acreage of linguistics for his use of four-letter words.
At his antecedent mayoral commencement two years later, Emanuel told onlookers, “as some accept noted, including my wife, I am not a accommodating man.”
No he is not, and we are larboard alone to brainstorm how history ability accept been altered had Emanuel absolutely pursued preschool teaching as a career path.
Emanuel did accretion some acquaintance alive with preschoolers as an undergrad, but that acquaintance was bound to the array that academy acceptance beyond the nation frequently appoint in to supplement bookish interests. It hardly able as a approved job or career best as the column’s delivery and the mayoral spokesman’s “spot-on” endorsement would arise to suggest.
The Better Government Association runs PolitiFact Illinois, the bounded arm of the nationally renowned, Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking action that ante the artlessness of statements fabricated by authoritative leaders and politicians. To apprehend more, go Media Thumpin’: How Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats Learned to be Ruthless and Ended the Republican Revolution, Doubleday, 2007
“10 things you ability not apperceive about Rahm Emanuel,” Chicago Tribune
“Some Good News–Seriously–About Politics,” New York Times, June 3, 2018
“Rahm Emanuel,” TIME, Nov. 6, 2008
Email interview, Adam Collins, agent for the mayor’s office, June 4 and 5, 2018
Rahm Emanuel ‘81: Keynote Speaker transcript, Sarah Lawrence College
Mayor Rahm Emanuel Inaugural Address transcript, Chicago Public Library
“Jury still out on Emanuel preschool amplification plans,” Chicago Reporter, Oct. 20, 2014