WASHINGTON--In a lighter moment during a very serious briefing about Egypt, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked Wednesday who is checking on President Obama's Chicago house, what with the monster snowstorm hitting the city.
Asked about Obama and the Chicago blizzard--forcing the closing of Chicago public schools for the first time in 12 years, Gibbs said, "We did remark that -- my son gets excited any time it turns cold, because he knows there's a decent chance that he won't have school. (Laughter.) But we did remark that I guess this is the first time in 12 years that kids have shared that same feeling across the city schools in Chicago, so --
"That's a very good -- I don't know the answer, though."
Gibbs joked, "Chuck (NBC's Chuck Todd) thought Rahm was."
I tossed it back to Gibbs, "Rahm's going to handle the snow?"
Said Gibbs punting to Rahm's press secretary, Ben LaBolt, who was a White House spokesman before Emanuel hired him for his Chicago mayoral campaign: "Ben LaBolt, if you're listening...."