Emanuel would be `terrific` Chicago mayor: Obama

President Barack Obama says his chief of staff would be a terrific Chicago mayor, but he expects Rahm Emanuel to hold off on deciding whether to enter the race until after the midterm elections.

Last Updated: Sep 09, 2010, 21:06 PM IST

Washington: President Barack Obama says
his chief of staff would be a terrific Chicago mayor, but he
expects Rahm Emanuel to hold off on deciding whether to enter
the race until after the midterm elections.

Emanuel has long expressed interest in the post. Then
longtime Mayor Richard M Daley announced unexpectedly this
week that he wouldn`t seek a seventh term, setting off a
wide-open race to lead the nation`s third-largest city.

Obama told ABC`s "Good Morning America" that Emanuel
was busy at the White House right now. The economy remains
anaemic and jobs scarce, and Democrats are scrambling to hold
onto their majorities in the House and Senate with polls
favouring Republicans in the November 2 election.

"My expectation is, he`d make a decision after these
midterm elections," Obama said. "He knows that we`ve got a lot
of work to do. But I think he`d be a terrific mayor."

Prospective candidates must file for the February
mayoral election in November. Emanuel, a one-time Daley
adviser, represented Chicago in Congress before going to work
for Obama.

Daley was first elected mayor in 1989, following in
the footsteps of his father, Richard J Daley. The next Chicago
mayor will inherit a city run by a Daley for all but 13 of the
last 55 years.

The Obama interview was taped yesterday for broadcast
today.

PTI