He Ain’t A Heavy, He’s My Brother: Emanuel Boys Under The Hood

Emanuel can.

Emanuel can.

Wash Post gossipistas:  We speak, of course, of firstborn Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel, 55, oncologist, bioethicist and health care adviser to President Obama; middle brother Rahm, 53, former White House chief of staff and mayor of Chicago; and baby Ari, 51, the Hollywood agent so powerful he inspired the character of Ari Gold on “Entourage.”

“The impatient, pushy Emanuel style is so well known that during a recent job interview I was asked, point-blank, whether I had the levelheaded temperament the position required,” writes Zeke in his upcoming “Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family.”

Also: Wicked smart, aggressive and media-savvy. The trio will lead the publicity juggernaut for the book, which comes out in late March. First an excerpt in Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue with a photo spread by Annie Leibovitz, strategic TV appearances and other supersecret interviews.

•“Rahm always tries to get the maximum for the minimum.”

• Ari was adorable, jittery and always an operator.

• And Zeke? Something of a jerk when he first arrived at Amherst.

Other family traits? Sarcasm and “eye-rolling snobbery.”

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 @ 8:12 AM


  • Jimbotalk

    Living proof that Ma Barker and Meyer Lansky had grandkids.

    • Jaccharlot

      Ma would be proud!!

    • Jaccharlot

      Yep, Chicago hasn’t produced quality people like this since Capone’s days.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      Just another trio of entitled thugs.
      Via BlackBerry

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      Wonder if they own machine guns.
      Via BlackBerry

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      Hilarious, Jim! Simply hilarious!
      Via BlackBerry

  • Sentinel

    Sad that Chicago is held up as the standard bearer for decorum and leadership. A city that should have never been rebuilt after the cow kicked over the lantern.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      And tops in murders despite strict gun laws.
      Via BlackBerry

    • Sentinel

      Yep – and last year (2012), more gun deaths than Afghanistan.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      And that poor 15-year-old girl who sang at Obama’s inaugural shot dead in Chicago gang violence.

  • Jcoles0069

    We had a set of brothers like these guys in Kansas City when I was growing up there — the Civella brothers — they ran the KC Mob … it’s eerie, a piece in the old Kansas City Times used almost the same exact words to describe each of the brothers …
    With the Emmanual brothers, the Mob has been resurrected — and gone public.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      I don’t know about you, but I’m not buying the book!

  • http://twitter.com/caralynn32 C

    Looking at those narrow grins, it suggests to me that something
    evil has quietly slipped in.