Archive for February 27th, 2011

A new reign

Chicago held its February election, and we have a new mayor-elect.  The race wasn’t close enough to force a run-off election between the two top candidates, so the mayoral voting is complete.  Former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel ran away with it, and got over 50% of the votes. It somehow seems fitting that “King Daley”, as I call our mayor for the past 21 years, will be stepping down and his successor’s name reminds me of Christmas and stories of newborn kings.

Personally, I think Rahm had the best hair of all the candidates, by far.  He has lovely thick silver hair. I also like that his name is relatively easy to say and spell. It’s fun to call him Rahmbo, as some do, as he’s infamous for “taking no prisoners” in pursuit of his goals.  It’s amusing to picture him, like Sylvester Stallone, in headband and armless shirt, running around the jungle (in our case, an urban jungle), knocking off “bad guys”. Rahm was the U.S. House representative for my district prior to becoming Chief of Staff, so I was familiar with him before he became more of a national figure. I like Rahm’s sense of humor.  When President Obama thanked Rahm for his service as Chief of Staff, Emanuel replied that he was sure he’d taught the President a lot – including several new four-letter words and combinations thereof.


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