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Rahm Emanuel's rough opening day

• AndyBarr via
Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel’s first day on the campaign trail in the Chicago mayoral race didn’t exactly go as planned.
Under a glaring national media spotlight, Emanuel was seen getting blown off by commuters during a stop at a train station and caught dousing his hands with sanitizer immediately after greeting Chicagoans at another campaign event.

The media coverage was less than stellar, with the Chicago Sun-Times questioning whether Emanuel meets the residency requirement and The New York Times spotlighting a photo of a voter placing her hand back inside her jacket when he reached out for a handshake.

POLITICO reported that the former chief of staff’s “Glad to be home video” was actually filmed in Washington, delighting the conservative blogosphere, while yet another report from the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation provided fodder to his opponents as it detailed the many visits to Emanuel’s White House office by members of Chicago’s rich and powerful set.

And then there was Valerie Jarrett, the Chicago power player turned White House adviser, who dodged an opportunity to endorse Emanuel during an interview Monday.