Friday, November 14, 2008
Perhaps Rahm Emanuel should have been required to disclose his father's extreme views. (as applicants for lower level jobs in the new administration are required to do) But since they are well known, perhaps Barack Obama should have known about them. JC
Emanuel Apologizes for Father's Comments
Thursday, November 13, 2008 11:21 PM
President-elect Barack Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, apologized to an Arab-American group on Thursday for comments disparaging Arabs made by his father.
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee sent a letter to Emanuel calling on him to distance himself from remarks made by the elder Emanuel in an interview with an Israeli newspaper following his son's appointment last week.
In the interview, Benjamin Emanuel was reported as saying: "Obviously, he will influence the president to be pro-Israel. Why wouldn't he? What is he, an Arab? He's not going to clean the floors of the White House."
Although some political analysts have said Rahm Emanuel, a veteran Democratic congressman, should not be held responsible for his father's actions, there was also a sense that an apology was unavoidable.
"Today, Rep. Emanuel called Mary Rose Oakar, president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, apologized on behalf of his family and offered to meet with representatives of the Arab-American community at an appropriate time in the future," a statement from his office said.
The committee said in a statement on its Web site that Emanuel told Oakar it was unacceptable to make such remarks against any ethnic or religious group.
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