Updated: November 9, 2011 4:11PM
It’s time for Rahm Emanuel to go up to the chalkboard and write 100 times:
“I will not go around saying
‘f--- you’ to people I hardly even know.”
Maybe that sort of thing was OK when Rahm was chief of staff in the White House and didn’t have to set a public example.
But saying “F--- you, Lewis” to Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, in a debate over a longer day for Chicago Public Schools?
Our mayor must think he’s living in a David Mamet play.
Lewis told the Sun-Times on Friday that the mayor used the impermissible imprecation when he “exploded” at her during a conversation in his office.
The mayor isn’t denying it.
We generally agree with Emanuel’s push for a longer school day.
But there’s not a reason in the world the mayor can’t make his point in a civil manner.
Tough is one thing. Coarse, crude and rude is quite another.
If Emanuel keeps this up, Lewis might make him stay after class — and he’ll learn just how miserable a longer school day can be.
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