On MSNBC's "Morning Joe," host Joe Scarborough asks White House senior advisor David Axelrod about the prospects of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel running for mayor of Chicago.
"Now, he also has a great job.-- But he's got -- but he's got some options, and he's got some decisions to make, and he will think it over," Axelrod said.
On NBC's "Today Show," Axelrod was asked about Emanuel quitting and "how bad would that be for this president to lose somebody that high up in the administration?"
Said Axelrod, "Well, for the same reason that Rahm would be an extraordinary candidate for mayor, he's extraordinarily valuable to the president. But no one is indispensable. And if that's the direction he decides to go, there are many here who are ready to fill in the breach. But he hasn't made that decision. He and I both worked with Mayor Daley. We were stunned by the news, knowing how much the mayor loved that job. So he's digesting that news, and he'll make a decision in due time.
MR. SCARBOROUGH: So you're saying -- you're saying Rahm Emanuel has a crappy job, so he will run for mayor of Chicago?
MR. AXELROD: Now, he also has a great job.-- But he's got -- but he's got some options, and he's got some decisions to make, and he will think it over.
Look, I -- Rahm and I have been friends for 30 years. He is a larger-than-life personality. He's a brilliant guy. And, you know, he has all the skill set and the personality to be a big-city mayor and to be the mayor of Chicago. He loves the city, he's -- you know, he's spent his life there.
MR. SCARBOROUGH: Right.
MR. AXELROD: And he represented the city in Congress, obviously.
But, you know, he's got a lot of responsibilities here. He's trying work his way through all of that.
We both were stunned, frankly, when we heard yesterday that the mayor wasn't going to run. It's hard for us to imagine. We've both worked for him over the years, and the notion that he would give that job up --
I've never seen someone who loved his job more than Mayor Daley.