Rahm Emanuel Makes the Scene
BY DAVID S. LEWIS
Livingston and the surrounding area continue to be a destination for the rich, famous, and powerful. On the heels of Barack Obama’s mid August visit to Belgrade, Rahm Emanuel, the president’s chief of staff, considered by some the most powerful man in America, turned up in town.
Emanuel’s visit to Livingston, according to a source who prefers not to be named, but who spoke to Emanuel personally, was related to a family fishing trip.
In late August—vacation time in Washington, DC, both for Congress and the president—Emanuel made the scene at Montana’s Rib & Chop House in Livingston (a popular dining spot) with an entourage in tow consisting of Emanuel’s family and men presumed to be Secret Service agents. The group arrived in three large white SUVs for dinner. The restaurant’s manager, Ryan Sones, confirmed to the Pioneer that the visit took place. When asked how the fishing went that day, Emanuel reportedly responded, “Umm—great we were up by Gardiner.”
Emanuel also said that he had caught "seven or eight fish” that day and two longer than 16 inches, a feat, one might imagine, that he will convey to his boss, the President of the United States, who caught no fish at all several days prior on the East Gallatin River.
As the Emanuel family made their way to the door, Emanuel extended his hand to Sones and said, enthusiastically, "Thank you, great ribs," according to an eyewitness.
In a moment one person on the scene described as amusing, Emanuel and his family left the restaurant and entered the parking lot, but Rahm soon returned, pointed to a man at the bar, and said, “Come on, let’s go.” The amusement arose over the apparent fact that Emanuel’s security detail, including three other men seated at a table on the other side of the restaurant, was unaware he had left the building.
With the president vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard, Rahm Emanuel fishing in Montana, and with Congress taking its August recess, another moment of levity, and mock concern, arose over the fact that Vice President Joe Biden might be temporarily running the country.
Montana on the Big and Small Screen
Three different Montana made films were released this summer. Call of the Wild 3D, starring Christopher Lloyd and Wes Studi and directed by Richard Gabai, was filmed in Philipsburg and Lincoln in 2008. The U.S. premiere of the film was held at the Great Northern Town Center in Helena, June 10. Helena’s Cinemark Theatre installed a 3D digital projector for the premiere.
The second film, My Sister's Keeper, starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin, hit the big screen on June 26. This big budget studio film shot the ending scenes in Montana on the Blackfeet Reservation and in Glacier National Park. Montana was mentioned at various times throughout the film as a favored destination of one of the characters.
The third release, also in June, was the independent film Three Priests, starring Wes Studi and Olivia Hussey. This drama, shot entirely on location near Choteau in the summer of 2005, was the first feature film to take advantage of the then-new film incentive legislation, The Big Sky on the Big Screen Act. The film was released nationwide on DVD on June 30.