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Rahm Gives Teary Goodbye, Receives Dead Asian Carp




    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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