Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama says he isn't making any calls back to his hometown of Chicago in support of Rahm Emanuel, his former chief of staff who's running for the city's mayor.
At a news conference Tuesday, in responding to a question of whether he's making calls for Emanuel's mayoral campaign, the president indicated that Emanuel's doing fine without his assistance, saying "I don't have to make calls for Rahm Emanuel. He seems to be doing just fine on his own. You know, he's been very busy shoveling snow out there. I've been very impressed with it. I never saw him shoveling around here."
Earlier this month, with Chicago buried underneath nearly two feet of snow, Emanuel took to the city's streets to personally help dig out vehicles stuck in the snow.
"I will continue to help folks across the city dig out and deliver food and coffee to workers engaged in the response," the mayoral candidate wrote on his campaign website at the time.
Emanuel also documented his day on his Twitter feed. He seemed to be taking a page out of the playbook of Newark, New Jersey Mayor Corey Booker, who went on Twitter earlier this winter to personally direct his city's snowplows to help out citizens buried underneath a massive snowstorm.
Polls indicate Emanuel is the overwhelming frontrunner in Chicago's February 22 mayoral election. The winner will succeed longtime Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, who announced in September that he would not seek a seventh term in office.
Emanuel, who had been serving as chief of staff to President Barack Obama, stepped down from that position in October and returned home to Chicago to run for mayor.
While he has praised Emanuel, the president has not officially endorsed any candidate in the race.