The Softer Side of Rahm

Pelosi talked after the health care bill was signed

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    WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 03: U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (2nd L) shares a moment with Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) (3rd L) as they attend a news conference with House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) (L) and Rep. John Larson (D-CT) (R) after the vote of H.R. 1424 - Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 on Capitol Hill October 3, 2008 in Washington, DC. The House has passed the financial bailout bill 263 - 171. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    Rahm Emanuel is not a hard as nails political strongman. He’s a softie.

    So says Nancy Pelosi, according to Lynn Sweet.

    "I do know that I love working with him. I always say that he is perceived as this political operative, but he is a very serious policy person," Pelosi told Sweet during a roundtable interview just after healthcare reform became law.

    Political writers spilled a lot of ink during the past few months discussing the merits of the pugnacious White House Chief of Staff.

    Those stories went something like: Rahm is ruffling feathers in the White House; leaking stories to the press; haranguing legislators in the shower; and cussing at every turn.

    Pelosi says the rumors are overblown.

    "He's really a softie," said Madame Speaker.