From the New Yorker profile on Larry Summers:
Rahm Emanuel would blow up when various complicated Treasury ideas reached his desk without warning. “What the fuck are you guys doing?” he would demand. “That’s terrible politics.”
I've now read two in-depth features in the New Yorker in consecutive weeks on two of Obama's point-men: Holbrooke (sadly not available online) and Summers. And it's striking how similar they are, with strands of obvious intelligence, self-regard, ego, iconoclasm, disrespect for hierarchy, and bloody-mindedness served in generous helpings. Fascinating stuff.