Chicago mayor and former chief of staff for Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, is reportedly taking a "victory lap," after winning his fight to stop a city teachers strike. Emanuel was all smiles as he shook hands with parents and teachers at an elementary school, proclaiming, "This is an exciting day."
Obama's former aide had ordered his general counsel to file an injunction to force the teachers union to end their strike. Teachers then agreed to a compromise contract, which has not yet been formally approved by the union. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis has called Emanuel a bully, and said she hopes he "carries out this contract in good faith."
And, while Emanuel was posing for cameras as he moves on from his defeat of the union, he made another statement that probably made his former employer cringe.
"In past negotiations, taxpayers paid more, but our kids got less. This time, our taxpayers are paying less, and our kids are getting more," he said.
That is right, the man the New York Times called "perhaps the most influential chief of staff of a generation," in 2010, has come to understand it is possible to ask taxpayers to hand over less to the government, and to deliver services that meet a higher standard.
It is a shame he has not yet been able to explain such a concept to his former boss.