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Daley: The White House's Women Problem Was Rahm's Fault

10:43 AM, Oct 6, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Ben Smith has video of White House chief of staff William Daley dumping on his predecessor, Rahm Emanuel:

"How do women get along in the White House? ... How is it in the White House for women?" the questioner asks.

"Since I'm not a woman, it's hard for me to answer that," Daley says. "I read this in the book," Daley continues, referencing the latest Ron Suskind book that alleges poor treatment of women in the Obama White House, "but that was during my predecessor's era. I have not sensed any problem...we have a great relationship in the senior staff and, I think, throughout the administration. And that comes from the top down. The president, through his campaigns and through the issues he's fought for, obviously has fought and been on the edge of women's issues. So I don't see it as, um, I didn't even read the book, but I did hear that there were some issues early on under a predecessor of mine, so I can dump on him about it."

Daley obviously contradicts himself, first claiming he read the book and then claiming he didn't read Suskind's book. But he's clear on one point: Whatever happened (and he seems to acknowledge that there was some poor treatment of women in the White House), it was Rahm's fault!

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