Adm. Mullen: Rahm’s fondness for profanity overblown

Adm. Mike Mullen indicated Wednesday that despite his reputation, Rahm Emanuel’s reported fondness for four-letter words is overblown.

At a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, the chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff described Emanuel as “incisive,” “direct,” “engaged” and “actually” not profane.

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The White House chief of staff, who is expected soon to announce he will leave the White House to launch a bid for mayor of Chicago, has been known to use foul language at times. 

Mullen was pressed on Emanuel on Wednesday. In Bob Woodward’s new book, Obama’s Wars, Mullen and Emanuel are depicted as being at odds over the 2009 surge of troops in Afghanistan. 

But Mullen complimented Emanuel, saying the former lawmaker made significant contributions to the administration.