Emanuel does ‘late time talk show thing’ with Letterman
By MITCH DUDEK Staff Reporter September 9, 2013 8:39PM
Late Show with David Letterman
Updated: October 11, 2013 6:31AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel told David Letterman Monday that he stands by President Barack Obama when it comes to Syria, loves his job and, taking a stab at humor, said perhaps he’ll try hosting late night TV when he steps away from public office.
The show airs Monday night at 10:35 p.m., but CBS released a two-minute sneak preview of the interview.
Emanuel touched on a possible U.S. intervention in Syria and the duties of a chief of staff when it comes to supporting the president.
“This is not an easy choice. ... He knows the country is not behind him, but he knows what he thinks is right, and that’s what the chief of staff has to help the president, how to navigate an unpopular set of politics but is in the national interest, and I think the Congress of the United States should make sure America stands tall at this moment.”
Emanuel served as Obama’s chief of staff for two years. His appearance on Letterman’s show was timed with the release of a new Discovery Channel documentary on presidential chiefs of staff titled “The Presidents’ Gatekeepers” in which Emanuel talks about his service.
Asked about his next career choice, Emanuel told Letterman: “I was thinking of this late time talk show thing. What do you think?”
Emanuel flew to New York Monday for the taping and his staff said he would return Monday night.
Emanuel has been fodder for Letterman before.
During Emanuel’s time as Obama’s chief of staff, an incident in which a New York congressman claimed Emanuel approached him naked in a gym shower to discuss why the congressman didn’t vote in favor of Obama’s budget, prompted a Letterman “Top 10 list” of signs that Emanuel is nuts.
No. 3 on the list: Recently got into heated policy debate with his stapler.