A term of the lease he renewed just days before Mayor Richard M. Daley announced his retirement prevented him from talking to the media, whether it be about Emanuel's unsuccessful efforts to move back in or anything else concerning the house. But as he closed the door, he noted that Emanuel would return to Chicago over the weekend.
"He's here to learn what the city is all about," said Halpin.
Despite the East Room send-off from President Obama and sub rosa assists from the White House media operation, Emanuel's carefully orchestrated rollout has slammed into the granite reality of Chicago politics.
Far from Emanuel receiving any deference, his opponents literally couldn't wait for his return to start defining him in the harshest terms. They've called him a carpetbagger, a bully, an enemy from within the White House who subverted immigration reform, the public option and gay-equality initiatives. Detractors are printing ABRE (or Anyone but Rahm Emanuel) buttons. They relay punch lines about his scramble to find housing in Chicago.