(CNN) - It’s President Obama’s first trip back to Chicago since his chief of staff stepped down to foray into the city’s mayoral race, so naturally, he couldn’t help but crack a joke about it.
After introducing local officials (see: state comptroller, treasurer) at a reception for Illinois Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, Obama noticed that someone was missing.
“By the way, have you seen my chief of staff?” he asked. “I was…looking around like what happened?”
Rahm Emanuel, a Chicago native, resigned his post as White House chief of staff last Thursday and announced over the weekend his intention to run for mayor of Chicago.