What symbolism....what a perfect analogy for the work done at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue over the last 20 months.... A Flippin' Dead Fish....not the first time it has been associated with this White House (see enclosed picture)
In Baseball, a "Dead Fish" is slang for a "Pitch thrown with very little speed" (one that will get knocked out of the park with very little difficulty)
The worst handshake you can offer another man is " The Dead Fish ", aka a limp hand shake (also perfect symbolism for the present White House)
Based on decorum, we will not go into detail on the other street slang meaning for what constitutes a "Dead Fish"....suffice to say it is also a great symbol for the Feckless Idjits who have been inhabiting the West Wing....
So look out Chicago....you're next on the list of places where Rahm will act like he is the smartest person in the city, where in fact, he is as relevant as the lifeless Asian Carp he got as a present....some staffers really know how to show a guy how much they care....Bloody Brilliant !
A Teary Emanuel Gets Dead Fish At White House Send-off
October 01, 2010 9:55 AM - ABC NEWS
PrintRSSShare:EmailMoreFarkTechnoratiGoogleLiveMy SpaceNewsvineRedditDeliciousMixxYahooAt the 8:30 staff meeting in the Roosevelt Room this morning, departing chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was given a gift by Council of Economic Advisers chair Austan Goolsbee: a dead Asian carp.
This was an allusion to the Emanuel legend of his sending a dead fish to a pollster for whom he didn’t care, replicating the scene from The Godfather when the Corleones were alerted of Luca Brasi’s death with a dead fish wrapped in Brasi’s bullet-proof vest. The specific species was a reference to Emanuel’s focus as a member of Congress and White House chief of staff on the aggressive, invasive Asian carp, bane of the Great Lakes, a plankton-devouring creature heading towards Chicago.
Goolsbee said: “I talked to the policy team and we wanted to give you a going away present—something to show how we feel about you but also shows we understand your new possibilities. I was the natural go between—I voted for you all three times you ran for Congress and even in that first primary. So here is your present.”
Emanuel opened the package, which was wrapped in copies of the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune.
“This is a dead fish!” he said.
Goolsbee: “To most people, it looks like a dead fish. But to a future mayor of Chicago, it looks like a dead Asian Carp. And you’ll be happy to know that it wasn’t easy to find one of these”
Said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs: “In Chicago, this is how friends say goodbye.”
Emanuel, who got teary during the staff meeting, told staffers that he knows that he pushed staffers “very hard. But I did it in service to the president. And I believe that our whole country is better off for it.”
Staffers gave him a standing ovation.