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Later on, Emanuel himself said, " all due respect." Kidwell interjected and suggested that the mayor doesn't actually respect him -- a claim that the mayor then confirmed. He does like Chicago Tribune photographer Nancy Stone: Emanuel makes clear at both the beginning and the end of the sit down that he prefers Stone's company to Kidwell's. The transcript begins with Emanuel telling Stone: "Nice to see you as always. You I like." At the conclusion of the interview, Kidwell thanks Emanuel for "the time." Emanuel tells Kidwell to "Please, give me a break." He then shifts his attention back to Stone and tells her, "Like I said at the beginning, I enjoyed seeing you." Emanuel's mother didn't play favorites: Emanuel and his two brothers have had amazing success in three different fields: politics, Hollywood and medicine. But when they were young, their mother never revealed a preference for one over the others. Emanuel shared a childhood memory with Kidwell as an analogy for his distaste for reporters: "I said, 'You love Zeke' -- my older brother -- 'you love Zeke more than you love me' and she said, 'I hate you all equally.' ... It's totally a Jewish mother thing. I hate you all equally." Emanuel likes to warn someone when he is about to insult them: For much of the interview, Kidwell and Emanuel sparred over why his administration won't release his email correspondence with his staff. Kidwell said the emails would shed light on Emanuel's governing philosophy. During one particularly heated exchange, Emanuel had the courtesy to notify Kidwell that he was about to take him down a peg. He said: "I have been in an executive position, and I mean this insulting so get it right, you haven't. You have not been in the White House. You have not been in the mayor's office." Emanuel prefers to walk out of an unpleasant meeting rather than expel his opponent: Early on, Kidwell joked that the photographer would stay for the whole interview so she could snap shots of Emanuel throwing him out. The mayor assured Kidwell he wouldn't  be doing that. Later, during an argument over the city's speed cameras program, Emanuel got up and walked out. An adviser then assured Kidwell that Emanuel would return, which he did. Emanuel equates emails with phone conversations: During one of the arguments over whether Emanuel should discolse his email correspondence, he tells Kidwell, "That's a phone conversation in my view." When asked if they are the same thing under the law, Emanuel says, "I believe, and I am not talking about the law, I believe that a large part of what is done by email, yes, no, OK, is all like a phone call. It's not like what you guys think is a written memo." When asked if that makes his emails privileged, Emanuel says, "No, you are not putting words in my mouth. Don't do that." But Emanuel isn't sure who pays his cell phone bill: Asked if he has a city-issued cell phone, Emanuel explains, "I have a cellphone, I don't know if it's..." When Kidwell presses him on the issue, Emanuel says, "OK, of all the issues I've got to handle, you think I check on whether I've got a city-issued telephone? You really think I spend my time -- no let me ask you a question -- that I've asked is this a city-issued telephone? I have issues of public safety, educational reform, fiscal reform, recruiting companies, checking on the quality of life of our school, our city rather culture and I've asked is this a city-issued telephone. You and I have obviously different ways of how to evaluate how I spend my time. I don't know. I'll find out for you. We'll get you an answer, but the notion that I sat there and said is this city-issued, I have no idea." Emanuel is not an avid sender of text messages: Emanuel tells Kidwell he doesn't send text messages to his staff, explaining, "...not unless I get my 11-year-old to do it for me." Emanuel prefers not to discuss his communication with his wife: At one point, Kidwell suggests that Emanuel emails his staff from his phone more than he lets on: "You don't have any communications. You don't have any actual communications with email or texts. And every time we've seen B roll of you it seems to me you are communicating with your thumbs and we can't justify those two things." Emanuel responds: "How do you know it's not a direction from Amy. ... Yeah well it's none of your business what my wife says to me."

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