[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/11/06/emanuel.reaction/art.emanuel.gi.jpg caption="There's mixed emotion to Rahm Emanuel's appointment from Republican and Democratic leaders."]Maureen Miller
If you were going to be President of the United States who would you want in your inner circle?
There's no "if" for President-elect Barack Obama. It's a done deal. And, he's already making some crucial decisions.
Obama has picked Rahm Emanuel, a top House Democrat, to be his White House chief of staff. He's a close friend. They are both from Chicago. But the Illinois congressman is no stranger to the White House. He's a former top aide to Bill Clinton.
"No one I know is better at getting things done than Rahm Emanuel," Obama said today in a statement.
Emanual also released a statement.
"I'm leaving a job I love to join your White House for one simple reason - I want to do everything I can
to help deliver the change America needs," he said.
Though, some Washington insiders are questioning Obama's pick. It boils down to his temperament. Emanual is not low-key like his future boss. He's known for being partisan and outspoken.
"This is an ironic choice for a president-elect who has promised to change Washington, make politics more civil, and govern from the center," Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a written statement.
Obama is expected to hold his first news conference tomorrow as President-elect, where he may announce other key appointments.
And, on Monday, Obama and his wife, Michelle, will visit the White House. According to White House spokeswoman Dana Perino, Pres. Bush and Obama will meet in the Oval office, while Mrs. Bush and Mrs. Obama will tour the private residence.
It's a busy week for Mr. Obama, and we're tracking all the developments.
Tonight on AC360°, find out what Washington power players are seeking jobs in the Obama administration. And, do you agree with the GOP outrage over Obama's picks?
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