In remarks to Hollywood-centric fund-raiser tonight, former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel talked of his Chicago mayoral bid but did not say much at all about the Democrats' beating in the midterms.

A source who attended the event at the home of Haim Saban said that Emanuel instead talked about plans for education reform in the Windy City and of the urgent need to improve schools. He spoke of   moments of seeing kids on the el, their eyes glazed over with "no spark, no future, no hope," the source said.

Emanuel "was very direct and to the point," the source said.

He also talked of the state of the race, and the fact that formidable competitors had dropped out.

The event was co-hosted by Saban, Emanuel's brother Ari, David Geffen, Disney CEO Robert Iger and former News Corp. president Peter Chernin. Among the 50 or so attending were writer Aaron Sorkin, producer Susanne Daniels and fellow agents at Ari Emanuel's WME Entertainment.

According to the source, there was one moment of sibling teasing when Rahm Emanuel talked of being an experienced negotiator not afraid to say "kiss my ass" in tough sessions. His brother Ari responded, 'What, no f-bomb?' To which Rahm replied that he agreed not to talk about their childhood, "so don't give me a hard time."

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