Daniel W. Drezner

My dream job in the Obama administration

Ever since Barack Obama was elected, I’ve received myriad queries about whether I’m going into the administration.  And, for a variety of reasons, my answer has always been, "no, not interested."  After reading Ryan Lizza’s profile of Rahm Emanuel in The New Yorker, however, I must confess that there is one job that I would ...

Ever since Barack Obama was elected, I've received myriad queries about whether I'm going into the administration.  And, for a variety of reasons, my answer has always been, "no, not interested." 

After reading Ryan Lizza's profile of Rahm Emanuel in The New Yorker, however, I must confess that there is one job that I would do for free: 

I noticed that over [Emanuel's] left shoulder, on the credenza behind him, was an official-looking name plate, which he said was a birthday present from his two brothers. It read “Undersecretary for Go F**k Yourself.”

Ever since Barack Obama was elected, I’ve received myriad queries about whether I’m going into the administration.  And, for a variety of reasons, my answer has always been, "no, not interested." 

After reading Ryan Lizza’s profile of Rahm Emanuel in The New Yorker, however, I must confess that there is one job that I would do for free: 

I noticed that over [Emanuel’s] left shoulder, on the credenza behind him, was an official-looking name plate, which he said was a birthday present from his two brothers. It read “Undersecretary for Go F**k Yourself.”

Now that’s my kind of job.  It’s a bit senior for me, though.  If asked to serve, I would consider the stepping stone to that position — Deputy Assistant Secretary for Eat S**t and Die. 

Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at Tufts University’s Fletcher School. He blogged regularly for Foreign Policy from 2009 to 2014. Twitter: @dandrezner

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