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Obama huddles with Chicago reporters: Emanuel would be "excellent" mayor


WASHINGTON-- President Obama praised mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel during a brief session in the Oval Office on Friday with four Chicago reporters.

"I think he would make an excellent mayor and he would bring an incredible energy to the job," Obama said in a meeting where the conversation was off the record except for a few comments about Emanuel. Obama met with the Chicago reporters shortly after he formally announced Emanuel's departure from his administration as White House chief of staff.

Obama's comment on Friday echoed words he used in an interview a few weeks ago when he was asked about Emanuel running for mayor.

The reporters who met with Obama In the Oval Office have covered him for years, including the Washington based Lynn Sweet, Washington Bureau Chief, Chicago Sun-Times and Christi Parsons, White House correspondent, Chicago Tribune.

Two Chicago based reporters who flew to Washington to report on Emanuel's departure in the Oval Office session were Charles Thomas, WLS ABC7 political reporter and Mike Flannery, Chicago Fox News political reporter.


Obama hits Chicago on Oct. 7 to headline a fund-raiser for Democratic Illinois Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias, a long-time friend and basketball buddy.

While Obama is clearly hustling for Giannoulias--Oct. 7 will mark the second Obama visit to Chicago for him--don't take Obama's lavish praise of Emanuel as a formal endorsement.

At Friday's briefing, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked if "the president (was) going to campaign for Rahm in Chicago."

Said Gibbs, I don't -- I don't believe any -- I don't have anything on that. I don't -- I don't know the answer to that, to be honest with you. I think -- I mean, obviously the president was -- you've heard what the president said over the past several weeks and what the president said today about Rahm and his next endeavors."


That's what Obozo says. We have learned not to believe a darn word that comes out of his mouth. I wouldn't vote for any democrate! This president will go down in history as the worst president the US ever had!

In contrast to Giannoulias, Emanuel has proven himself as someone who gets things done and who helps others get things done. Sure an endorsement from Obama would be nice, but Emanuel can take care of himself, unlike Giannoulias who needs Obama's help to keep his campaign afloat.

if you want higher taxes
if you want higher unemployment
if you want more government interference

rahm is your man

If Obozo says he'd be great, then that's all I need to scratch his name off my potential list.

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