Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel hails Obama’s tough decisions during first term
Charlotte, NC, United States (4E) – Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel spoke of the next U.S. elections as crucial in the country’s history since it would set the agenda not just for the next four years but for the next four decades.
Emanuel, who is currently the mayor of Chicago, delivered a speech before a packed arena in Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena on Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention, revealing some details on President Barack Obama’s leadership during closed-door discussions about how the administration was going to tackle the crisis during its early days in office.
Emanuel’s speech at the opening night of the convention brought into attention the problems that the Obama administration has bravely tackled during its first term like saving the U.S. industry and passing health care reform. In contrast, Emanuel said Republican challenger Mitt Romney has only his willingness to let Detroit go bankrupt and plan to keep tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans to show for.
Emanuel described Romney’s policies toward American car companies as hard hearted after proposing that they should have been left on their own by choosing either to get private financing or file for bankruptcy.
He drew a sharp contrast between the GOP nominee and Obama, whose decisions he said aided the revived the auto industry. He recalled that during their discussions, the president stayed firm with his decision to bail out the auto makers and rejected doubts from within his own people over what to do with the companies that were then struggling after being badly hit by the financial meltdown.