Sources said Emanuel will leave over differences in style with other senior Obama administration staffers. Emanuel is frustrated by what he views as too much idealism among Obama’s closest advisors, who are unwilling to “bang heads together” to get policy through.
On the other hand, Obama’s advisors are frustrated with the difficulties the president has faced passing legislation, and perceive Emanuel as having failed in his duties, a consultant said. “Democrats may not have stood behind the president in the way Republicans did for George W. Bush, and that was meant to be Rahm’s job,” he explained.
Emanuel’s friends said he has been considering early resignation over the pressures of his job. Emanuel has three children, and is concerned that he is losing touch with his family due to the intensity of his work, they said.