Obama’s First Stop: N9NE

Obama told about 150 donors at his first event of the night at N9NE restaurant that “It’s good to be home.”

Chief of Staff Bill Daley, who flew in with the president on Air Force One, and outgoing Mayor Richard M. Daley both followed Obama into the restaurant.

“I got a little confused,” Obama said. “I walk in, two guys talking, both of them very animated, both of a little intimidating even though they’re not tall in stature. I was trying to figure out who I should bow to first. I decided to go with the current mayor.”

Obama also gave shout-outs to Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Secretary of State Jesse White and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who were among the diners and donors at N9NE.

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel introduced Obama, who came in shouting “hey!” to the crowd of about 100 people, all seated in a low-lit room at tables of ten or twelve, drinking wine in flickering candlelight. Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Secretary of State Jesse White, newly elected Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, were all present.

Obama returned the praise to Emanuel, saying, “Yes, he is foul-mouthed. Yes, that finger thing is a little creepy. But I love him anyway. And Chicago, you did the right thing by electing him the next mayor of Chicago.”

Obama heads to MK Restaurant on the Near North Side next.

 

 

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