President Obama spoke with Mayor Daley on the phone around 5:45 p.m. eastern time. end update.
President Obama never came up through Mayor Daley's City Hall, though Senor Advisors David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett worked for Daley and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was a Daley appointee--who started his political career as a Daley fund-raiser. First Lady Michelle Obama worked in Daley's City Hall between 1991 and 1993. Obama issued a short statement on Daley's surprise announcement today that he will not seek a seventh term:
"No mayor in America has loved a city more or served a community with greater passion than Rich Daley. He helped build Chicago's image as a world class city, and leaves a legacy of progress that will be appreciated for generations to come."