This story in POLITICO is really strange:
No rest for Rahm at the movies
A surprised fellow moviegoer passes on word that Rahm Emanuel took time out Saturday night to see The Wrestler at the E Street Cinema last night with a Secret Service Agent.
It was not a quiet night out.
“The guy sitting next to Rahm — literally sharing an armrest with him — had a seizure of some kind,” the moviegoer tells me. “Rahm used some vulgarities to impress upon the movie theater staff — who wanted to move the guy out of the movie theater so they could restart the film — that they should wait until EMS got there.”
Emanuel stayed and helped, I’m told, until EMS arrived.
It’s strange because the White House Chief of Staff is not assigned a Secret Service detail.
Back in the Clinton administration, Republicans forced reforms at the Treasury Department that severely curtailed what was lampooned as a baroque attachment of endless Secret Service details to all manner of officials, past and present. As a result, rules were changed, and the Clintons became the last First Couple to receive Secret Service protection for the rest of their lives. The George W. Bushes will receive Secret Service protection until 2019, ten years after Bush left office. All former presidents will only receive that protection for 10 years after they leave office.
To our knowledge, Vice Presidents lose their details almost immediately after they leave office. And, per the new rules in the 90s, others not part of direct presidential succession do not have Secret Service protection, which is very expensive.
So, why was Rahm Emanuel, who is no longer an elected official, is not part of the line of presidential succession, and is merely an adviser to the President (and not a Cabinet member confirmed by the Senate), going to a movie with a Secret Service agent?
Was it a date?
Because, it sure sounds like a date.
The two of them, at a movie together, in the dark, possibly sharing popcorn (“Extra butter, motherf***er!”, shouts Rahm, we imagine). Canoodling? Sounds highly plausible.
We hope Rahm and the unidentified Secret Service agent (on duty, or off?) go see Confessions of a Shopaholic on their next date night, because not only was it fabulous, and right up Rahm’s alley (entendre included), but it’s a good lesson for all Democrats on just how badly spending sprees can go, and how hard it is to dig yourself out from mountains of spending debt.
Wear your green scarf when you go, Rahm. You can re-enact scenes from the movie with it later!
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