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Friday, November 7, 2008

Crush #2 (and Crush Update)

Now I'm starting to develop a girly crush on Obama's new Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel. Is anyone else with me on that? I get the distinct impression that he gets sh*t done.

I picture him as a darker, meaner version of Jon Stewart (that's a good thing in my book): “Valentine’s Day is when Dick Cheney fantasizes about waterboarding.” Zing!

I have this fantasy that Mr. Emanuel is a cross between Benjamin Disraeli and the Sean Connery character in The Untouchables ("That's the Chicago way, and that's how you get Capone!")

If The Boy doesn't come home soon, I might have to live in Washington D.C. for a while. Besides being near my two crushes (the other being the new VP), I'll be able to have Chesapeake Bay crabcakes whenever I want and go to the National Gallery all the time. *sigh*

Anyone want to bunk with me?


UPDATE 5:09pm: OMG, I seriously love this man. Check out the little open love letter he wrote to The Shrub back in June!


Greg November 7, 2008 at 9:59 AM  

His brother is Ari Emmanuel, the powerful talent agent in LA who is the model for "ari gold" in HBO's "Entourage." And why all of the Real Ari's clients appear as guest stars on the show.

Elizabeth November 7, 2008 at 10:14 AM  

No, Rahm Emmanuel looks like Paul Auster the writer.
You have excellent taste in men.

P November 7, 2008 at 10:40 AM  

HOTT-TAY! I want to hug him and kiss him and call him George. He is the cuteness.

Christina November 7, 2008 at 10:45 AM  

Did somebody say Sean Connery? Lawd! Me love me sum da Sean.

Rahm is quite the looker and seems quite the bad ass! I seriously believe he handles his! Ima leave it at that!

; )

tangobaby November 7, 2008 at 11:05 AM  

Hi Greg,

When I see that name "Ari" I always think of the little boys in the Royal Tenenbaums (I guess I should be glad I don't think of Ari Fleischer). I haven't ever seen Entourage but I can tell you that my sister had her first baby at the same time that Kevin Dillon's wife did at Cedar's Sinai and my sister said that they were very nice.

That's the only Entourage story I have. I didn't realize that Jeremy Piven wasn't playing himself.


Hi Elizabeth,

You're right! He does look like Auster... a lot (although I think Emanuel is handsomer).

I have a select but fine list of crushes, I think. Thank you for admiring my new one.

Hi p,

Hola chicka! ¿Cómo estás?

You made me smile. That cartoon is rad. (Did I just sad "rad"? Yikes.

He may be cute, but I also think he might be vicious. Cute and bad! YAY!

Hi christina,

You said it, honey! And who said Jews and blacks don't get along? These two look pretty close to me. I think he's going to have Obama's back in a BIG way!

tangobaby November 7, 2008 at 11:05 AM  

ps. I cannot believe I spelled Cedars Sinai wrong. Forgive me. I got excited.

namastenancy November 7, 2008 at 11:26 AM  

He really is handsome! Now we have two gorgeous, smart men in government (and yes, sometimes I am that shallow). I'm still excited and emotional over "OUR" win on Tuesday and not ready yet to come down from my high.

tangobaby November 7, 2008 at 11:38 AM  

Hi namastenancy,

Then we shall be shallow together. And what's wrong with a little sex appeal in the White House? And what's sexier than a smart guy? We don't have to go all Bill Clinton in there, just have some wholesome fantasies.

I am trying not to think too much about the sore losers and Prop 8 because both of those really bring me out of the clouds asap.

tangobaby November 7, 2008 at 11:39 AM  

By sore losers I mean the hard core right wing. The fact that Prop 8 passed and we seem to care more about farm animals than human beings in California...I can't even go there.

Bill Stankus November 7, 2008 at 11:41 AM  

Random thoughts -

We need a National Party Day (week) following this election.

Will there be anyone named Bob or Sue in this administration?

Rahm has the look of a guy always ready to kick some ass.

Our daughter was born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

I spent some time in D.C. and despite being a California native, I liked the East Coast.

And, don't forget, Delaware doesn't have a sales tax - so get ready to shop!

Amanda November 7, 2008 at 11:59 AM  

Pick me! Pick me! I'll bunk with you!

Rahm + Barack = HOTT!

willow November 7, 2008 at 12:22 PM  

My first thought when I saw his picture on the news yesterday was, OMG, is he ever handsome! "A darker, meaner version of Jon Stewart" is a perfect description!

paris parfait November 7, 2008 at 12:32 PM  

You do know that the character in West Wing was supposedly based on Rahm when he was in the Clinton White House? I like the description of him as a darker, meaner Jon Stewart. Yes, Rahm has the brains and looks - a potent package! Delaware is a lovely place to be. :)

tangobaby November 7, 2008 at 2:19 PM  

Hi bill,

I think we are all with you about the Party Day. But I think it should be the day that the Shrub vacates the White House! 74 days and counting. But we all seriously need some vacay.

I don't know about the Bob/Sue thing but as long as the people are qualified, know their jobs and somehow are impervious to corruption (within reason), I don't care WHAT they're called.

I like the East Coast too. Just not the weather. I have zero tolerance to humidity and cold, which leaves me stuck in California, I guess.

Hi amanda,

Okay, I picked you! Let's go!

I wonder how many other hotties will make the team? Maybe they'll have a calendar? That could help raise money for the economic recovery. I don't even know who the latest Chief of Staff is anymore but I'm sure I don't care and he's NOT HOTT!

Hi willow,

Yeah, let's start being groupies. What should we call ourselves?

Hi paris parfait,

I haven't ever seen the West Wing and don't know anything about the show so I'll take your word for it. "A potent package"...now that sounds sexy, too. ;-)

mrs. sarah ott November 8, 2008 at 10:45 AM  

i'm all about crab cakes. sigh* lol. i'll come visit you on my way to israel this coming april lol

Octavine Illustration November 8, 2008 at 11:45 AM  

i will most definitely be your roomy. my husband, who shares his last name, thinks that he's a long lost cousin. i guess i have a thing for men from that family....

Yoli November 8, 2008 at 1:41 PM  

Oh girl, you know how to pick them! he is SEXY!

Brenda@View From The Pines November 8, 2008 at 4:58 PM  

Is that a dimple I see there? Oh, love dimples. Yes, the shrub must come back here to Texas. Thankfully not near me. Maybe he will read a few books while in retirement. He needs all the help he can get. And someone please send Sarah Palin a geography book. Because I want her to know where and what Africa is. And I can't visualize the woman sitting home knitting booties for her grandchild and educating herself.

Joan November 8, 2008 at 10:27 PM  

Okay, I'm coming out of lurking to say yes, yes, yes to 'crushing' on Emanuel.
There is no one better suited for the job.
The GOP refer to him as the 'Prick' of D.C. and he is notorious for crossing lines and getting sh*t done. He's beyond qualified, as is our homey VP Biden... we have hit paydirt :)
And how freakin' awesome is that photo you posted?!
Too hot girlfriend... too hot.

willow November 9, 2008 at 5:10 AM  

Hey, there's a little something waiting for you over at the manor!

Willow x o

Tina November 9, 2008 at 3:49 PM  

I'm still trying to decide how I feel about the assignment of Rahm as chief of staff, but I can't go without saying that he is very good looking! :-) Very good taste in men indeed!

Still pleased as punch about Obama :-)

Mary-Laure November 9, 2008 at 7:04 PM  

I'll stick to my Obama crush, thanks. He is so handsome, sigh...

Gillian November 9, 2008 at 7:21 PM  

You had me at Chesapeake Bay Crabcakes.
Keep your two crushes.
Just gimme the crabcakes :)
See you at the National Gallery, gawd I love that place!!
Does it have the Voyage of Life? My fave...if I have the right place.

julochka November 9, 2008 at 9:03 PM  

have to admit that living outside the US, i hadn't really come across him before, but love the link you sent to the love letter to Dubya. ha! he's gonna make things fun.

d i a n a m u s e November 10, 2008 at 5:16 AM  

I totally get that you're already over the moon about RE (and I'm right there with you), but did you know that he was a ballet dancer as a child and turned down an invitation to join the Joffrey Ballet to study dance at Sarah Lawrence?

I can hear your squeals of delight from here.

tangobaby November 10, 2008 at 1:31 PM  

@sarah: Please do come and visit me! If I really am on the way to Israel! How exciting for you... I can't wait to hear all about your trip.

@octavine: The world is smaller than we realize. Perhaps he is part of the tribe. Inquiring minds want to know!

@yoli: I just hope he kicks some butt for Obama. That will be sexy enough!

@brenda: Luckily Texas is such a large state that you probably won't cross paths with the Shrub. Apparently no one is interested in publishing his memoirs so I guess he'll just be clearing brush on the ranch? I just want Palin to go away now. I don't really care if she knows where Africa is anymore. I just don't want to see her again!

Dimples can be very sexy. My Boy has a giant dimple that he flashes and it's gotten him out of all sorts of predicaments with me.

@Joan: Welcome! Thanks for coming out to say hello! I'm so glad I'm not alone in my crushness (it's nice to be validated, right?). How can he be the Prick of DC? I would have thought that Bush/Cheney had that title wrapped up. Oh, I guess they are the "Pricks of the World." I gallantly lifted that pic off HuffPo. Isn't it fine?

Hope to see you here again sometime!

@willow: I'll stop by soon, I promise!

@tina: I hope our honeymoon lasts for a while, don't you? I'm just looking forward to Rahm doing whatever Obama needs to get done so he doesn't end up like Clinton and things get stalled before they get started, you know?

@mary-laure: I'm a firm believer in multiple crushes! How's LA treating you? I'm so glad you moved here before the election!

@gillian: I made a post for you today about that very thing. The National Gallery is such a wonderful place, but a visit enhanced by crab cakes would be absolutely magical!

@julochka: that "love letter" really gets to the heart of the matter. And to think he wrote it months ago. As much as I loved reading it, it was sickening to be reminded of really how much havoc the Shrub has really inflicted on this country.

@d i a n a m u s e: I know you get all of my crushes. We probably have other ones in common too.

But the Joffrey Ballet?! I squealed and then went into a dead faint. Thank you for telling me! OMG. How talented can people in this administration be?

birdtweets November 11, 2008 at 1:29 PM  

of course you have a crush on him... the minute i saw this mans smile i thought "oh jeez tango baby is gonna have a swooning fit when she sees this guy" honest i did!

Mélanie November 12, 2008 at 8:37 AM  

eLISABETH IS RIGHT ! He does look like Paul Auster ! And I had a crash on PA so ...now a new crash. I don't know if my heart can stand it