A few days after Rahm Emanuel resigned as White House chief of staff in October, I stopped by the Justice Department to see Eric Holder. I had been meeting with the attorney general periodically for about a year (since he was named one of GQ’s Men of the Year last December), and I knew from our conversations, as well as from Holder’s friends and family, that the last few months had been a bumpy ride. But I also knew that many of Holder’s frustrations on the job could be linked to his thorny relationship with Emanuel. I wondered if things were looking up.
On the fifth floor of the Justice building, I took a seat at the long table outside Holder’s office and was studying a portrait of Bobby Kennedy on the wall when Holder bounded into the room with a grin, slapped my hand into a shake, and said, “How you doing, man? Are you avoiding me?”