WASHINGTON–At the Wednesday briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is asked indirectly if President Obama will attend Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel’s swearing-in ceremony in Chicago in May. Obama called Emanuel on Tuesday night to congratulate his former chief of staff after he clinched the race.
From the briefing…
Q And one more, Jay. The President is going to the United Kingdom May 24 to 26. Will he be in Chicago on the 16th? Any plans to be there?
MR. CARNEY: Is that a trick question? (Laughter.)
Q Is the President planning to be in Chicago for Mayor —
MR. CARNEY: I don’t have anything on his schedule.
Q Did he call Rahm?
MR. CARNEY: He did call and congratulate Rahm.
Q What did he say?
MR. CARNEY: He congratulated him on his victory. And I believe we put out a statement — the President put out a statement.
Q How long was the conversation?
Q Did he phone him?
MR. CARNEY: Yes. I don’t have — I actually don’t know how long.