CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is offering a preview of the remarks he is expected to give at the Democratic National Convention next month.

“I have been unbelievably fortunate working for a great president, and a good friend,” said the mayor, who previously served as White House chief of staff for President Barack Obama.

As WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, Emanuel says he will tell the DNC delegates that from day one, he watched President Obama up close as the president faced the most challenging situations ever.

“The financial industry had froze up, the auto industry was on its back, and the economy was in a free fall,” Emanuel said, “and I saw a man with no blueprint on how to handle this. I saw a man who remembered the middle-class values he leaned on, and the middle class voices he heard and needed to work for.”

The convention will be held in Charlotte, N.C., from Sept. 4-6.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

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