September 9th, 2010
03:56 PM ET
4 years ago

Emanuel cancels Chicago trip

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has canceled a planned trip to Chicago.
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has canceled a planned trip to Chicago.

(CNN) – White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has canceled a planned trip to Chicago this weekend, a move that is further fueling buzz the top Obama aide is considering a Chicago mayoral bid.

Emanuel had planned to be in Chicago for fundraising events for local candidates. A spokesman told CNN the White House chief of staff nixed the trip due to scheduling conflicts.

But a Democratic official tells CNN it is clear that Emanuel wants to avoid a media firestorm as he considers whether or not to run for mayor.

President Obama heightened the buzz earlier Thursday when he told ABC he thinks Emanuel would be "an excellent mayor."

Current mayor Richard Daley shocked Chicagoans earlier this week when he announced he would not seek another term. Daley has led the city since 1989.


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  1. JANAURY 20, 2013 - THE END OF AN ERROR

    Emanuel has done such a good job of helping to screw up the country over the last two years I can't wait to see what he can do to Chicago.
    If you people in Chicago are dumb enough to vote him in as mayor then you deserve what you get. You were dumb enough to keep voting for Daley.

    September 9, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Bob in PA

    Anything to get this criminal out of the White House.

    September 9, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Is it just me or does Rahm look a little like Gollum in this picture? Can't you just hear him thinking, "nasssty tricksy republicanses! We hates them forever!!!!" Hahaha. Have a nice day!

    September 9, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. Sorensen

    Obama is a lucky man to get rid of Emanuel.
    His strategies were wrong. His execution was wrong. His behaviour
    was wrong. He was a disaster in the White House. (I am sure Michelle
    agrees).
    He will fit in well in the corrupt political climate in Chicago.
    Now Obama needs to get rid of Axelrod (probably a nice and intelligent
    man, but a complete disaster as an operative.)
    And finally Jarryd.
    Clean house. Get real talent. Get on with it.

    September 9, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Snow

    A corrupt profane little man wants to take over Chicago from one of the most corrupt families in the country and the people of Chicago are just dumb enough to elect him. The people of Chicago are making a laughing stock of the state of Illinois.

    September 9, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. BeverlyNC

    No one cares whether Rahm runs for Mayor or not.

    We care that extremists Beck and Palin are dishonoring the victims of 9/11 by MAKING MONEY off their deaths with a 9/11 event they are charging over $200 to attend. Will the money go to more hate ads?

    I care more about the environment of hatred and intolerance Republicans have created in our nation. It is disgraceful and unAmerican. They are threatening the very freedoms laid out in our Constitution and they then expect us to trust them to be in any position of power in our govt??? They are the domestic terrorists we should fear – not Muslims or illegal immigrants.

    The WH and other pundits should be holding the Republicans accountable for Islamaphobia sweeping the nation. They started it from a non-story for an already-approved Islamic Center in NY. They created false stories about the Imam and the Muslim community there. The truth is NY approved the building, the Imam is a well-respected member of the community and Muslims have lived and worshipped in that same neighborhood even before the World Trade towers were even built.

    Shame on the Republicans for this fanning of hatred against Muslims. We have a small mosque in TN burned down from arson in the past few weeks, vandalism at Mosques elsewhere, and city money will be spent to set up surveillance cameras and police protection of Mosques around the nation. Now we have a nutjob non-Christian pastor planning to burn Qurans even though leaders from all over the world from the Pope to General Petraeus in Afghanistan have said it will endanger our soliders and missionaries abroad. Where did the fanning of his hatred come from all of a sudden? The Republican liars.

    Have you noticed that NOT ONE REPUBLICAN has condemned this man? NOT ONE REPUBLICAN has spoken up for tolerance for Muslims. They can't make being a Muslim acceptable because that messes up their outrageous lies that our President is a Muslim. Republican voters are so stupid more than 1/3 of them now believe President Obama is a Muslim. How ignorant and moronic can a group of people be?

    Where is Republican "Patriotism" in supporting our soldiers? Guess they really don't care about them after all since they are not part of a political game for them right now. Just like they could care less about the deficit when it comes to keeping the Bush tax cuts for their billionaire buddies – which will add 4Trillion to our deficit. They refuse to answer that hypocrisy.

    Better know what you are voting for if you vote for a Republican. They plan to eliminate Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment benefits, the Dept of Education and closing public schools, getting rid of all regulation on the corrupt Wall St banks, stopping any regulation of the Big Oil companies so they can keep destroying our environment, stopping all Federal funds to states for education, police, fire and other important services you depend on. Your local taxes will go up to keep these people in place. They want to repeal everything the Democrats passed for YOUR benefit. They hate the working class and want to protect the abusive corporations who send our jobs overseas.

    Republicans are liars, dividers, racists, and destroyers of America. Can you survive more Bush years, another recession, more job loss, no unemployment benefits, no Social Security check.....? That is what you will be voting to happen if you make the mistake of trusting the lying Republicans. They have done NOTHING for the PEOPLE all year so why would they suddenly care about us if they gain power? They won't.

    September 9, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. mike

    If Rahm wants to be mayor so be it the american voter didn't vote Rahm Emanuel to be president so what's the big deal I think President Obama can work just fine without him he maybe missed but it is stupid to start reading the media tea leaves

    September 9, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. Sherri

    I don't care where he goes...... just go and take your boss and all the other crooks in this administration.with you... Can't wait til November !!

    September 9, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Mark from Louisiana

    Who would vote for a ballet dancer mayor :-)

    September 9, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Sam

    Rahm is slithery and power-hungry as they come, a hedonistic secular progressive semite bent on transforming America into a nanny-police state. He'll go for any position he can to get power and promote his terrifying agenda. Who can ever forget his and the anointed one's plan for a mandatory national civilian security task force? Liberal fascism, people.

    September 9, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Somebody needs to confront all the deadbeat traitor Democrats in Congress. Rahm is one of the few with the guts to do it. Evan Bayh, Ben Nelson, Blanche Lincoln, Mary Landrieu, Max Baucaus and the other deadbeats need to have a talk with Rahm before he leaves to be the mayor.

    September 9, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. rdepontb

    Rahm, it's a very good time to leave DC, and everyone knows it. We're surprised you stayed so long-thank you for countless hours and untold heartburn expended, on all sides.

    September 9, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |