WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 10: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel addresses the United Jewish Communities/Jewish Federation of North America during their General Assembly November 10, 2009 in Washington, DC. Emanuel replaced the scheduled speaker, U.S. President Barack Obama, who flew to Fort Hood today for a memorial service for victims of the recent shooting. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
It would be easy to assume that Rahm Emanuel only has one emotion: intensity.
But early Friday Emanuel gave a teary farewell to his staff in advance of his departure from the White House.
"I know that I pushed you all very hard," Emanuel told his staff, according to sources. "But I did it in service to the president and I believe that our whole country is better off for it."
Austan Goolsbee, a White House economist and fellow Chicagoan, gave Emanuel a gift of a large dead Asian carp -- a reference to the time Emanuel allegedly sent a dead fish in a box to a pollster who was late with his numbers. Emanuel is expected to depart for Chicago this weekend to begin a mayoral listening tour.
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