Rahm Emanuel says he’s glad Obama didn’t listen to his advice on health careby George Bennett | October 22nd, 2012
WEST PALM BEACH — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former White House chief-of-staff who’s been stumping for President Obama in Florida the last few days, gave a pep talk to Obama volunteers at a campaign office here today.
He touted the health care law, the auto industry bailout and the fact that the economy has been gaining jobs rather than losing them as examples of Obama helping Americans achieve “the basics of a middle-class life.”
As Obama’s chief-of-staff, Emanuel advised the president to pursue a less-ambitious health care bill. But Emanuel said in an interview today that Obama made the right decision.
“The president showed great leadership. He asked my honest opinion. I gave my opinion that if you’re going to do it, remember, given everything we’ve got to do, a more targeted bill would get this over quicker,” Emanuel said.
“When he did what he did, I did my job and helped him get the votes. Leadership is also (being) willing to hear contrary views,” Emanuel said.
“He did what he thought was right. I still believe it’s a good bill. And it’s better that — as I said when the bill got ratified by the Supreme Court, in a sense — it’s better that he didn’t listen to my advice.”