You are currently browsing the tag archive for the ‘Chicago politics’ tag.
Michelle Obama worked in the mayor’s office in the early 1990′s. (Bella Dolce)
A new book on the Obamas reveals that Michelle Obama was distressed and resented the power “white Irish Catholics” held in Illinois.
The Sun-Times reported:
Mrs. Obama worked in the Daley administration between Sept. 16, 1991, and April 30, 1993, according to City of Chicago personnel records. She was hired by Jarrett, then Daley’s deputy chief of staff.
Kantor writes Mrs. Obama “disapproved of how closely Daley held power, surrounding himself with three or four people who seemed to let few outsiders in — a concern she would echo years later with her own husband.
“…She particularly resented the way power in Illinois was locked up generation after generation by a small group of families, all white Irish Catholic – the Daleys in Chicago, the Hynes and Madigans statewide.”
When Jarrett was forced out of City Hall in 1995 — even though she was close to Daley — “the Obamas were horrified, their worst suspicions about the world confirmed.”
So one has to wonder how William Daley ever got the Chief of Staff gig in the first place!
Strange Rahmbo story.
“Lori Halpin, a tenant in Emanuel’s home, had testified Wednesday that she was unaware of the crawl space and didn’t think Emanuel had left anything at the house. Even though she was the one who let the attorneys and a neighbor into the house Thursday, some of those challenging Emanuel’s residency objected to the photos being admitted into evidence.”
“I believe that these photographs are phony and faked. Those could have been taken in my house,” said objector Zakiyyah Muhammad.”
Weeks of speculation will come to an end on October 1st. The Associated Press is reporting that White House sources are saying tha Rahm Emmanuel will announce his resignation in order to return to Chicago to launch his mayoral campaign.
A camapign announcement will meet a flurry of activity, as opponenets gear up for a viscious fight. Some within the Chicago machine had already warned that Obama will not get Chicago support for his own campaign in 2012 if Rahm enters the Chicago mayoral race. Stories of Jesse Jackson Jr’s alleged affairs have recently surfaced, with specualtion that they were warnings from Rahm himself. Chicago politics has never been known for clean battles.
Of course, Rahm’s announcement has personal implications. He had just moved his children to the DC area at the start of the school year, and the tenant in his Illinois home has said publicly that he is not leaving until his lease is up!
“This ‘hopey-changey’ thing isn’t what we bargained for,” the former Vice-Presidential candidate told the supportive crowd, adding that she was “glad to be here on the president’s home turf.”
“I almost feel a little bit sorry for the president,” she said. “They expected us to welcome the change. Come November we’re going to show them just how grateful we are.”
Former Democratic Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder says if Barack Obama is to fulfill his promise of positive change in America, the president must “make some hard changes of his own” by replacing inexperienced members of his team with “others more capable of helping him govern.”
In an editorial for Politico Tuesday, Wilder writes Obama’s White House staff is made up of too many people left over from the campaign or from his time in Chicago. “Getting elected and getting things done for the people are two different jobs,” Wilder writes, suggesting the president and his people haven’t fully made the transition from campaign mode to governing.
Wilder, who endorsed Obama in 2008, goes on:
One problem is that they do not have sufficient experience at governing at the executive branch level. The deeper problem is that they are not listening to the people.
Hearing is one thing; listening is another.
Some are even questioning whether Obama has forgotten how he got elected and the promises he made to the people who elected him.
Don’t take my word for any of this. Look at the clear message the American people have been sending at the polls these past few months.For Gov. Wilder’s full OpEd: http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/02/09/former-virginia-governor-doug-wilder-calls-for-white-house-staff/