WASHINGTON--Rosie O'Donnell's new "The Rosie Show," taped in Chicago--in Oprah Winfrey's studio--debuts today and its cool to see how she bought a house in Lincoln Park and is embracing her new city. O'Donnell seems delighted with Chicago and is looking for people to show her around. I have some suggestions for her below if she wants to see some politics in action. (Sun-Times reporter Kara Spak sat in on some Rosie show tapings, read her report HERE)
O'Donnell's observations about Chicago on her blog read like Carl Sandburg on Twitter:
i have fallen in love with this city
and it came as a surprise
shocking - really
i knew nothing of chicago
its beauty is startling
the wide clean streets
the buckingham fountain took my breath away
The Rosie Show is asking fans to "Show me Chicago:"
"Hey Chicagoans! We need your expertise. Help us show Rosie (and the world!) what Chicago has to offer. Tell us what you think are the MUST-SEE attractions, the MUST-TRY restaurants, and the little-known gems that Rosie cannot miss out on while she's here."
My starter suggestions for a Rosie O'Donnell whirl around political Chicago:
*A stop at President Obama's re-election headquarters in the Prudential Building.
*A visit to City Hall on a City Council meeting day, to check out the City Council chamber, the green grass roof and see Mayor Emanuel presiding over 50 aldermen.