Friday, November 7, 2008

Friday Night Gossip and Fun

-Oprah's Mr. Man has been revealed - he is Sam Perry, Obama's communications director for the Silicon Valley region. He appeared on Oprah's show today, and apparently he has achieved a modicum of celebrity for acting as Oprah's hankie Tuesday night. Better Sam Perry than JT Plumber, don't ya think?

-People Online ran a five-things-you-don't-know-about-Rahm article that I'll run here as a follow-up to my earlier post on Rahmbo. What a goofy guy...

He's the real-life Ari's brother. His youngest brother Ariel (Ari) Emanuel is a founder of the Endeavor talent agency in Hollywood and was an inspiration for Jeremy Piven's character, Ari Gold, on HBO’s Entourage. Not to be outdone, Rahm is said have been a model for Bradley Whitford's character, Josh Lyman, on The West Wing.

He could have been a ballet dancer. He studied ballet as a teen and was offered a scholarship to join the renowned Joffrey Ballet, but went to Sarah Lawrence College instead.

He's missing part of a finger. In his youth, Emanuel badly cut a finger on a meat slicer while working at an Arby's. The wound became infected, and he lost half of the middle finger on his right hand.

He volunteered with the Israeli army. During the first Gulf War, he did a stint as a civilian volunteer with the Israel Defense Forces, rust-proofing brakes on a base in northern Israel.

He once sent a rotten dead fish to a political enemy. In the Clinton administration, his take-no-prisoners style earned him the nickname "Rahm-bo."

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