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President Barack Obama’s sharp-tongued, often profane, chief of staff is under fire — not only from Republicans but by increasingly uneasy Democrats.
Rahm Emanuel has long had a reputation for diarhearra of the mouth and published reports that he called the efforts by fellow Democrats who questioned compromises on the health care plan “fucking retarded” has brought rebukes and questions over whether or not the former political consultant and Illinois Congressman is an asset or liability to the President.
After Emanuel’s outburst, an angry Obama ordered his Chief of Staff to immediately call the executive director of the Special Olympics and apologize for using the word “retarded.”
Republican gadfly Sarah Palin jumped into the debate with a Facebook posting:
Just as we’d be appalled if any public figure of Rahm’s stature ever used the “N-word” or other such inappropriate language, Rahm’s slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities – and the people who love them – is unacceptable, and it’s heartbreaking.
A patriot in North Andover, Massachusetts, notified me of Rahm’s “retarded” slam. I join this gentleman, who is the father of a beautiful child born with Down Syndrome, in asking why the Special Olympics, National Down Syndrome Society and other groups condemning Rahm’s degrading scolding have been completely ignored by the White House. No comment from his boss, the president?
Palin has a son with Down syndrome.
But liberals are fed up with Emanuel too.
Liberal talk show host Cenk Uygur calls Emanuel “Barack Obama’s Dick Cheney.
A right-wing group has run ads against Mr. Emanuel in his Chicago hometown.
Jane Hamsher, a prominent liberal blogger, joined forces with conservative tax activist Grover Norquist in calling for Emanuel’s resignation.