Who the [Bleep] Do You Think Said It?

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By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Sunday, May 20, 2007

To say that Rahm Emanuel swears is like saying Placido Domingo sings -- technically correct, but utterly fails to capture the passion, the sweep, the artistry of his cursing. The Illinois congressman, a rising Democratic power, is profiled in the new book "The Thumpin': How Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats Learned to Be Ruthless and Ended the Republican Revolution," by Naftali Bendavid. In this telling, Emanuel reminds us of a character out of "The Sopranos," a David Mamet play or a Martin Scorsese movie. Can you correctly distinguish his rants from those of his fictional brothers?

1."If you don't see what you like, I highly recommend you pick up the [bleeping] phone and do it yourself .. .. . I AM [bleeping] RELAXED, but I'm telling you I'm trying to get it done."

2. "You know your business, I know mine. Your business is being an [bleep]. I find out whose [bleeping] cousin you are, I'm going to go to him and figure out a way to have your [bleep]. [Bleep] you!"

3."You wanna talk rules? You wanna talk all that old-school [bleep]? Then remember this rule: I am the [bleeping-bleeping] one who calls the shots."

4."I'll tell you this: It is so [bleeping] stressful. If anybody does anything on either side, it's your problem."

5."Look, I'm having panic attacks, all right? The other night I thought I was having a [bleeping] heart attack. I puked in a trash barrel on the way over here. I haven't slept for [bleeping] weeks."

6."I don't want to cross the [bleeper]. I think he would take out a knife and kill you. I think he would kill you."

7. "What the [bleep] are you doing? You?re hanging around my [bleeping] neck like a vulture, like impending death."

8."We gave you the keys to the car, you [bleeping] crashed it. All right, we'll take the keys away for a while until you learn your lesson. You get a five-minute timeout."

9."Are you [bleeping] with me? Or are you done [bleeping] with me? Because I've just financialized the problem, and you?ve just become more trouble than you're worth."

10."I'm an equal opportunity [bleep] to everybody. Because they've never, ever WORKED! NOBODY! NONE OF 'EM!"

11."Think. The big [bleeping] picture."


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