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In what President Obama deemed the "least suspenseful announcement of all-time," Rahm Emanuel officially stepped down as White House chief of staff Friday to begin his campaign for Chicago mayor. On Twitter, close attention was paid to the colorful chief of staff's East Room farewell speech.



David Corn of Mother Jones wondered what all the fuss was about

Why is White House making a big deal of Rahm's departure? How many jobs is this creating? #rahmbutnotforgottenless than a minute ago via web


The Washington Post's Aaron Blake played oddsmaker

What's the over/under on how long it is before Obama makes a joke about Rahm's foul tongue?less than a minute ago via Seesmic twhirl


The Huffington Post saw a parallel with one of the great works of the 20th century

Someone PLEASE get it over with and compare Rahm's exit to that scene from 'Half Baked' where Scarface quits his jobless than a minute ago via TweetDeck


The Los Angeles Times' Mike Memoli wanted more red meat

Rahm thanks Obama, "toughest leader in toughest times." #lovefestless than a minute ago via web


Howard Kurtz could have done without all the touching

Rahm and the president just had their third bear hug. Come on, get a room.less than a minute ago via web


Dan Foster pinpointed the exact moment Emanuel started to lose it

Rahm chokes up talking about his father and grandfatherless than a minute ago via web


@thecajunboy effectively summed up the speech

BREAKING: Rahm Emanuel cries!!!less than a minute ago via web


@pourmecoffee told Chicagoans what they were doing Friday night

Rahm heading home today. To celebrate, the Chicago River will run red with the blood of his enemies.less than a minute ago via tGadget


NBC's Chuck Todd explained what Emanuel's departure would mean for a certain former president

BTW, something to ponder #westwing palace intrigue folks, Rahm's departure means Bill Clinton doesn't have a WH direct line when he wantsless than a minute ago via web


NBC's Savannah Guthrie answered the day's most pressing question: did anyone give Rahm any seafood?

At WH staff mtg this am, Rahm got teary after the gift of a huge dead fish (Asian carp) from austan goolsbeeless than a minute ago via ƜberTwitter

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