President-Elect Obama Chooses ‘Rahmbo’ As His Chief of Staff

Rahm Emanuel’s brother Ari is the inspiration for the character of “Ari Gold” on HBO’s Entourage. Here’s more about Obama’s choice:

Richard Wolffe | NEWSWEEK: What does the new White House chief of staff tell us about the politics of the new Obama administration?

Rahm Emanuel is known for his combative style, his expletive-laced language and his deep desire for partisan victory. As an Illinois congressman and part of the House Democratic leadership, those qualities have proved helpful in extending the Democratic majority and pushing the party’s agenda.

But picking the hard-charging Emanuel — Obama’s first major post-election decision—seems at odds with the consensus-minded manner of an incoming president who promises to unite red and blue America.