Emanuel Says He Has Fine Relationship With Mrs. Obama

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is dismissing the assertions in a new book that he had a strained relationship with First Lady Michelle Obama when he was White House Chief of Staff.

As WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, the mayor points out the first lady recently came to town to spend the day with him, talking about eradicating so-called food deserts where poor people find it hard to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

“I have a very good relationship with the president and the first lady,” Emanuel said. Amy and I just a couple a weeks ago were at the White House – at the residence – at a private party with them. I talked to the president on Saturday.”

The claims of a rocky relationship between Emanuel and Mrs. Obama stem from a new book about the first family. Due out later Tuesday, New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor’s book The Obamas claimed that the First Lady was often in conflict with presidential advisers, including Emanuel.

The book also said Emanuel was on unhappy pursuing President Barack Obama’s health care plan and offered to resign, but the president said no, according to an Associated Press report published by CBS News. Emanuel is presented in the book as frequently letting loose with “profane outbursts on staff members,” the report said.

But the mayor says now that the books he cares about are the ones used by Chicago schoolchildren.

  • Afro

    Who gives a rats ass ofcourse he would say this stuff you don’t expect him to say the truth do you? He’s done nothing but lie up to now why change to the truth?

    He claims that his temporary reference regarding the issue was only in reference to the finances involved with the conferences – not with the rules for protesters.

    “The incorrect statements made previously by Emanuel were brought into focus when Andy Thayer, a known-protest leader, noted the change in the mayor’s past word – temporary – to the word he currently uses when discussing the issue – permanent. However, rather than claiming the mayor misspoke, Thayer said Mayor Emanuel has simply lied to the public.”


    We all know he did not misspeak he flat out lied!

    • Afro

      I don’t give 2 shiits in the wind about these protestors I’m all for the Summit but Rahm saying he misspoke, I have to say he intentionally misspoke. Why wait until he was challenged? How can you not knowingly call something temporary that you mean to be permanent this isn’t even logical it’s a lie.

      People do have rights and to try to deliberately impose practices designed to interfere with Constitutional rights is criminal and Rahm should be held accountable he said he takes responsibility for what he said so hold him responsible

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