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2043176 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-20 20:43:23.0 UTC 2012-10-20T16:43:23.000-04:00 content/rahm-emanuel-if-anyones-aloof-its-not-obama-media published 2012-10-22 13:38:55.0 UTC 2012-10-22T09:38:55.000-04:00 drupal 122096 Buzz caught up with Chicago Mayor and former Barack Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel while he was campaigning in Tampa today and heading for south Florida to do the same. With the final debate on foreign policy taking place in Boca Raton Monday, Emanuel scoffed at the suggestion that Mitt Romney can persuade voters Obama is not a strong enough ally of Israel: "You have defense secretary Ehud Barak - a former prime minister, the most decorated soldier in Israel’s history - and let me just quote him: "No president has ever been better for Israel’s national security and cooperation between our national security apparatus and Israel’s national security than President Obama." Emanuel also pushed back on the media narrative that Obama is aloof, and doesn't especially like mixing it up with people : "You guys are the ones who keep saying, 'Oh, he's not approachable.' That's not what the American people say. I think maybe you guys should evaluate where you're coming from. Maybe it's you. Maybe it's the elite journalists who aren't all that approachable." What's a second Obama term look like? "Obama's next term: We have been for a decade at war. It's now time to build America, and I think the investments in education, groundbreaking scientific research, our infrastructure are going to be critical investments and tax fairness that will allow us to grow." Is there any reason to think Washington and Congress will be less gridlocked and dysfunctional after the election? "Here's the deal. After an election, they're going to have to get functional. ... Everybody knows what's going to have to get done, and an election also has meaning and it has clarity. We spent '96 after the government shut down beating the crap out of each other, Bill Clinton got elected and it's not like it was a nice election. And on we went to get a balanced budget agreement." On the electoral map: "I kind of describe this as six turbo-charged gubernatorial races - one in Ohio, one in Florida and then you've got Iowa, Wisconsin, Colorado, New Hampshire, Virginia," he said suggesting that Nevada likely goes with Obama and North Carolina with Romney. Adam C. Smith the-buzz-florida-politics Presidential campaign,Democrats,Barack Obama,Adam C. Smith Rahm Emanuel: If anyone's aloof it's not Obama, but the media templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/the-buzz-florida-politics/2012/10/20/122096-rahm-emanuel-if-anyones-aloof-its-not-obama-media BlogArticle Buzz caught up with Chicago Mayor and former Barack Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel while he was campaigning in Tampa today and heading for south Florida to do the same.Presidential campaign,Democrats,Barack Obama,Adam C. SmithPresidential campaign,Democrats,Barack Obama,Adam C. SmithAdam C. Smith 380298 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-11 20:35:02.0 UTC 2012-10-11T16:35:02.000-04:00 adam-c-smith published 2016-04-13 18:26:38.0 UTC 2016-04-13T14:26:38.000-04:00 Adam C. Smith <p>The <i>Washington Post </i>calls Political Editor Adam Smith a top political writer in Florida, and the <i>Columbia Journalism Review</i> has called him one of the top 10 political writers in America. He focuses on state and national politics, and is the creator of the award-winning Florida politics blog, The Buzz. Smith has been with the<i> Times</i> since 1992 and has covered local and state government, as well as general assignment and investigative beats. Smith grew up in New York City, graduated Kenyon College in Ohio, and when he's not chasing politicians, he tries to keep up with his wife, three kids and hound dog.</p> Times Political Editor writers DTI 33746037 The Washington Post calls Political Editor Adam Smith a top political writer in Florida, and the Columbia Journalism Review has called him one of the top 10 political writers in America. He focuses on state and national politics, and is the creator of the award-winning Florida politics blog, The Buzz. Smith has been with the Times since 1992 and has covered local and state government, as well as general assignment and investigative beats. Smith grew up in New York City, graduated Kenyon College in Ohio, and when he's not chasing politicians, he tries to keep up with his wife, three kids and hound dog. <p>Phone: (727) 893-8241</p> <p>Email: <a href="mailto:asmith@tampabay.com ">asmith@tampabay.com</a></p> <p>Blog: <a href="http://blogs.tampabay.com/buzz/">The Buzz</a></p> <p>Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/adamsmithtimes">@AdamSmithTimes</a></p> 1 /resources/images/dti/2012/10/Smith_Adam_wp_570x380.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33746037-adam-c-smith AuthorProfile 2012-10-11 20:35:02.0 UTC 2012-10-11T16:35:02.000-04:00 2281774 2016-06-15 16:29:45.0 UTC 2 Months Ago barack-obama-to-attend-vigil-for-orlando-victims-thursday the-buzz-florida-politics Barack Obama to attend vigil for Orlando victims Thursday BlogArticle 2277703 2016-05-17 17:07:12.0 UTC 3 Months Ago president-barack-obama-fundraising-in-miami-next-month the-buzz-florida-politics President Barack Obama fundraising in Miami next month BlogArticle 2278037 2016-05-19 13:33:09.0 UTC 3 Months Ago carlos-beruff-defends-describing-barack-obama-as-an-animal the-buzz-florida-politics Carlos Beruff defends describing Barack Obama as an 'animal' BlogArticle <p><img width="186" hspace="5" height="140" src="/resources/images/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/122094.jpg" alt="emanuel.jpg" class="ibimage ibimage_left" />Buzz caught up with Chicago Mayor and former Barack Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel while he was campaigning in Tampa today and heading for south Florida to do the same.</p> <p><span lang="EN"> </span></p> <p>With the final debate on foreign policy taking place in Boca Raton Monday, Emanuel scoffed at the suggestion that Mitt Romney can persuade voters Obama is not a strong enough ally of Israel: &quot;You have defense secretary Ehud Barak - a former prime minister, the most decorated soldier in Israel’s history - and let me just quote him: &quot;No president has ever been better for Israel’s national security and cooperation between our national security apparatus and Israel’s national security than President Obama.&quot;</p> <p>Emanuel also pushed back on the media narrative that Obama is aloof, and doesn't especially like <a href="http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/aide-obama-doesnt-like/2012/10/16/id/460247">mixing it up with people</a>&nbsp;: &quot;You guys are the ones who keep saying, 'Oh, he's not approachable.' That's not what the American people say. I think maybe you guys should evaluate where you're coming from. Maybe it's you. Maybe it's the elite journalists who aren't all that approachable.&quot;</p> <p>What's a second Obama term look like? &quot;Obama's next term: We have been for a decade at war. It's now time to build America, and I think the investments in education, groundbreaking scientific research, our infrastructure are going to be critical investments and tax fairness that will allow us to grow.&quot;</p> <p>Is there any reason to think Washington and Congress will be less gridlocked and dysfunctional after the election? &quot;Here's the deal. After an election, they're going to have to get functional. ... Everybody knows what's going to have to get done, and an election also has meaning and it has clarity. We spent '96 after the government shut down beating the crap out of each other, Bill Clinton got elected and it's not like it was a nice election. And on we went to get a balanced budget agreement.&quot;</p> <p>On the electoral map: &quot;I kind of describe this as six turbo-charged gubernatorial races - one in Ohio, one in Florida and then you've got Iowa, Wisconsin, Colorado, New Hampshire, Virginia,&quot; he said suggesting that Nevada likely goes with Obama and North Carolina with Romney.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:37:52