Obamas Vote for Rahm?
February 17th, 2011
02:57 PM ET

Obamas Vote for Rahm?

Washington (CNN) - After likely landing two more votes in his bid for mayor, Rahm Emanuel might want to quote what Chicago White Sox broadcaster Ken Harrelson says after a player smacks a two-run homer, "Put it on the board yes!"

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Chicago residents who are temporarily hanging their hats at the White House, have now both sent in absentee ballots for the Feb. 22 election to replace the legendary retiring Mayor Richard M. Daley, according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

And while Carney will not say publicly whom they voted for - the First Family probably does not want to ruffle any feathers back home in the seven-person race - it's a pretty safe bet that they checked the box for the president's former White House chief of staff.

"The president and first lady have filled out their absentee ballots and mailed it," Carney said at the very top of his second on-camera press briefing.

Carney, however, refused to divulge precisely whom they voted for in the race to succeed Daley in the rough and tumble world of Chicago politics that can sometimes make Washington look like child's play.

"I won't be giving copies of those," Carney said with a smile about the secret ballots.

Emanuel initially faced a difficult court battle to stay on the ballot after questions emerged about the legitimacy of his Chicago residency. Public polls now suggest he is cruising to victory and may even break the 50 percent threshold needed next week in order to avoid a future runoff battle.

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  1. Terry

    I sure could not see the Obama's voting for the other people on the ballot.

    February 17, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • southern style

      let me tel u sumthin terry, Obuttcrack sit in hes palace like a africa king and laugh at us real AMERECANS..... my PASTOR caled it win he said this county wud be tested by puttin a keynan in office with comunist values, and you kno he was right .... i can't wait 4 2012 win AMERECA wil be putt bake on trake ... i just hope and PRAY GOD dont let those gays in san fran decide who the next prez wil be ....... only are PRAYERS wil brang us to glory!!!

      February 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  2. Jay in NC

    Well, in Chicago 100s of dead people vote so why not Barry and The First Date.

    February 17, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  3. jerry

    if chicago lets this fool in they deserve the consequences...call it pay back for sending obama to dc.

    February 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • Bill

      I live in Chicago and you probably do not Jerry. We Chicagoans are proud of our President because he is at least trying to tackle the issues that got us into the messes we are in now with 2 un-funded wars, a banking/financial system run amok, and all the other things that have given us nothing but misery when Bush-Cheney were running the show. I am certain that Rahm will clean up the political mess that is Chicago. He will be under more scrutiny than any of the other candidates running and any perception of impropriety will be connected to the President. Before you talk about my hometown, get your facts straight.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:06 am |
      • rj0297

        Bill, "tackle the issues that got us into the messes"...dude, put down the crack pipe and watch what is happening around you. More than 9% unemployment for more than 19 months...a new all time record. The highest number of Americans living UNDER the poverty line (14.3%)...the highest since 1956. We now have a record number of people that have had their homes foreclosed on...and you call this "tackling the issues? Now, on to his ballot. If he were not soo spineless, and if he had a moral compass and any testicles at all, why not tell people who you voted for. Stand up for what you believe in and let the people know who you are behind. (Instead he plays this silly little game that "it's a secret ballot". This guy is a disgrace.......

        February 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
      • Chicago, IL

        And some of us are against not only this idiot (Rahm) but the racist idiot in the White House. Get over yourself already Mr. Righteous socialist.

        February 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
      • Chgopoliticiansareallcorrupt

        Dude, speak for yourself. This part of "we Chicagoans" are EMBARRASSED that one of our corrupt politicians made it to the white house! It doesn't matter if he's black, white, orange, purple, democrat, republican, libertarian........I'll NEVER vote an Illinois or Chicago politician to run this country. Just take a look at our broke-ass state! All he's done is put us more into debt. Hell, I should have a nobel prize if going on a spending spree is all it takes!

        February 18, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
      • Steve Westman

        Rahm will be a great mayor for my hometwon, and the Obamas are doing what they can to right a country that was screwed over by GOP incompetence and avarice. Haters begone!!!

        February 18, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
      • david

        the only candidate worth a spit in the Chicago race is City Clerk Miguel Del Valle. Chicagoans need to stop being blinded by money, glamour, and power, and focus on representatives who actually have the plans and the knowhow to solve the city's problems. Chicago has a chance to make history, and will likely blow it because they are too ignorant to know better.

        February 19, 2011 at 10:08 am |
      • Ken

        Bill, take the blinders off then maybe you can this nations problems can be traced to both side of the aisle. Neither has a monopoly on our ills.

        February 19, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
      • Scott from NH

        Sorry RJ, but I'm 100% with Bill on this one. The day W took over he inherited a dollar that had fallen to half its value. Not 4% or 5%, half! The stock market had fallen to half its value. GM was within days of closing. Businesses around the country were shutting down because credit was frozen solid. And economists were talking about a depression as though it were a sure thing. Anyone who expected Obama or anyone else to be able to take us from that to a healthy economy in 2 years belonged in a padded room. Although the recession was extremely bad for me, I'm delighted I didn't have to suffer a depression. Are there things I'm disappointed with in Obama? Sure there are, I thought he was going to stop rendition on day 1, it's still going on, I thought he was going to resolve Gitmo faster, I wish he were pushing even harder on high speed rail. 4 years from now China is going to have a state of the art $350 billion high speed rail system linking every major city and the massive traffic jams and we'll have an even bigger trade deficit paying for $5 gas to drive over crumbling bridges.

        February 20, 2011 at 9:14 am |
      • mister manners

        Right on Bill – How soon we forget the Bush/Cheney nightmare that most certainly DID get us into out current situation. I only wish Obama's team would do a better job informing the public of his administration's accomplishments instead of just playing defense. He did make a comment once that he should repeat many times: "Don't tell me how to hold the mop". The GOP offers no solutions – only derision.

        February 20, 2011 at 9:41 am |
    • Jeyadurga

      Rahm can go to hell. He is a rat bastard doveid of any redeeming qualities. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. The city does not need him. It does not need another Daley either. That family has been a disaster. The whole democratic party in the state needs to be scrapped and a new one rebuilt in its place. No old guard allowed.

      September 8, 2012 at 8:12 am |
  4. marcelius

    Thats why he is running for Mayor,its the President's Idea,Maybe Chi is better off with Rahm as Mayor. I SEE KNOWONE ELSE WHO COULD DO IT, chi is a big city,and it needs Big Idea's. With the fiasco from Braun talkin smack,i mean Talkin crack about another Female runnin also kinda killed 2 birds with 0 stones. Wink

    February 17, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  5. XXX

    It does not matter who anyone votes for, what matters is who is counting the votes.

    February 17, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
  6. steven

    Theproblem is, thereare to many pros in this country, that'swhy those president can't get to do their job

    February 17, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
  7. bob

    What?. Rahm will get the job done better than any of the other candidates possibly could. You need to educate yourself about the political scene in Chicago that way you can make intlligent comments based on fact and not bunch of empty popping off. How abou it?

    February 17, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
    • david

      How about the fact that Rahm has no real plans for the city other than manipulative political moves to line his pockets with more money. You want substance in a candidate? A guy with REAL ideas that have a track record of actually creative positive change? then do your research, and read about City Clerk Miguel Del Valle.

      February 19, 2011 at 10:10 am |
  8. Howard

    Obama has been dismantling America's constitution, history, traditions, economy and national security, and he must be stopped before he destroys America !!!

    February 18, 2011 at 12:28 am |
    • egg

      You are delusional

      February 18, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • Jeff

      Right, because we didn't have any of that going on from 2000-2008, did we!

      February 18, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
    • regurg

      Please cite your specific concerns under each category. Surely you can do that. I'll settle for one example each, out of the many, many examples you clearly have.

      February 19, 2011 at 8:46 am |
  9. carol murray

    Why do people keep ridiculing Obama? He walked into this.Mess that the Bush administration created....the Bush, Cheney, Ashcroft gang are all about OIL!! What do people think was at the basis of 911?? Sure do agree with Barbara B. on her comment about Palin....she needs to stay in Alaska!

    February 18, 2011 at 12:40 am |
    • Al

      Republicans are all about oil? Have you seen the prices you idiot! That is just one more pitiful excuse from mindless kool-aide drinkers. Those that blindly follow either Democrats or Republicans deserve what they get. Can't you undersatnd that politicians, all politicians, care only about themselves!

      February 19, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
  10. rommie arrinngton sr.

    just who are all of these people who seem to think that the president is destroying America,what world are they living in?that they can't see that if it was'nt for him America would be on its way already

    February 18, 2011 at 1:51 am |
  11. rommie arrinngton sr.

    oh and one more thing, with all that's happening all over the world , here are some nuts worring about who the first family voted for,all of these folks need a life, next thing they'll be telling them when to go to the rest room

    February 18, 2011 at 2:03 am |
  12. Patty

    U R an idiot!! OBAMA is the best that could have happened to this country. IDIOT! He will be reelected. Move to IRAN!!!!

    February 18, 2011 at 2:48 am |
    • 4theppl

      So 1st off.... Obama has the power to turn off the internet if he wants.... the gov can go in to my bank account and take my money, if they feel my reason for not wanting gov health care is good enough, he hasn't done anything to really improve the economic problems we face. Has he brought all the troops home like he said? No. He promised to be totally transparent in his meetings with union leaders, was he? No! what has he done to really help us the people? maybe he should actually stop caring about all his special interest groups. So what is up with the "anyone who doesn't support Obama being racists" I'm not racists, didn't support half the crap hush did. We need a change in power back to the people!

      February 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  13. edward muhammad

    Its a shame we stil have mind less people who still blame mr.obama for every thing,i hope that one day all the sillyness will stop and we will be one strong country together!!racist are mindless people with no place in this world!die racist people die

    February 18, 2011 at 5:10 am |
    • 4theppl

      Just so you know fool... affirmative action is being challenged and removed bc in several state courts the basis "we have a black president so therefore we don't have any need for it anymore" and now its all reverse racism is winning. Something for you to worry about if there are so many racists still out there. If we use your logic... I must hate White people bc I did't support Bush, Asians bc I dislike Kim jong il or don't support Hu Jintao. You need to make real debate or stop posting emotional banter. It just makes you look foolish.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
      • Rock

        'Dawg,Agreed, they have no where else to go. But the goodness for our side is that it de-energizes the base. Part of the proeblm in the run up to 2008 on the Republican side was the base was demoralized, hence low voter turn out on our side. I think McCain's pick of Palin energized our side and reduced a land slide to a mere loss.

        September 10, 2012 at 2:42 am |
  14. hilda

    Whomever he voted for i am all for it he is the right person dc needed this change. god put our president there just for people like me.

    February 18, 2011 at 5:23 am |
  15. Brian

    Again nothing new in Chicago (illegal/dirty) politics. They need to in Jail. Why the Justice department isn't doing anything just shows you how deep the corruption really is.

    February 18, 2011 at 7:37 am |
  16. Warhead

    I'm sure this is helpful to signal folks in Chicago to vote...again and again!

    February 18, 2011 at 8:15 am |
  17. Liz Carter in Georgia

    To the beautiful, intelligent people who posted reality, truth, and positive comments on the PRESIDENT, I agree with you all! THANKS! @Howard; you need to regroup, take another look and think again. @Jay; you have gone too far now! 100s of 'dead'....... in the same deviously worded sentence with the PRESIDENT and his wife? And then you wonder why I've got my 'blogging sights' on you!! You are 'DEAD WRONG'! Watch your backs MR & MRS OBAMA! The 'revolutionist' has dropped a big tip!

    February 18, 2011 at 8:31 am |
    • Jay in NC

      The Sun-Times identified more than 1,000 names of registered voters on the current rolls who are dead, many for as long as four years. And seven of them are listed among those who cast ballots in the November national election. "No kidding," said a surprised Thomas Leach, spokesman for the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. "Any given day of the year, there are probably a couple hundred people on the rolls who are dead. It's a fact of life," he said. "Our main concern is, do they vote?"

      What ever happened to Barry's promise made in NH 2007. "When I am president, I will make it absolutely clear that working in an Obama administration is not about serving your former employer, your future employer, or your bank account, It's about serving your country, and that's what comes first."

      February 18, 2011 at 10:26 am |
      • 4theppl

        Amen! glad to see facts of a smart knowledgeable person! keep posting, I love reading truth!

        February 18, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
      • Jeff

        Well, Jay, that's interesting reading. Too bad you couldn't draw a line between the voting fraud you describe and the negative comments you make to the President. And that's besides the point that your post is completely irrelevant to Rahm's mayoral campaign. It's easy to post a comment with lots of statements and information, but anyone reading your post carefuly will notice that the two have nothing to do with each other.

        February 18, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
  18. James Grippa

    Chicago can only benefit from having the kind of connections Emanual brings to the table. As for the President, what choice were we given? The GOP couldn't convince the strongest candidate for the job to take it (Powell) and gave us the "Hockey-Mom" instead. I could have lived with a moderate McCain, but that went out the door with the VP choice. All the tax-cuts to the rich haven't produced any. Job growth and never will. The rich just get richer.

    February 18, 2011 at 8:43 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Emanual's strong contacts? In NH 2007 Barry said "... when contracts are awarded without competition to political friends of an administration, "it doesn't just violate the American people's trust. It takes away the tax dollars they've earned and the valuable services they need."

      February 18, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • Jay in NC

      The rich get richer for a very simple reason they invest. An hourly worker will probably not get rich because they are paid only for the hours they work.

      Liberals like it that way. They want to keep the worker down. Take the unions for example. AFL-CIO takes in over 1 billion dollars a year in dues. 1 billion dollars would by 2% of Ford Motor Co. Stock. The largest share holder now only holds 5%. It is easy to see that in only 3 years AFL-CIO would hold the largest voting share of Ford. Reinvest the dividends and they would own even more. No more complaining because they would become the co. Will they do it? No, they would rather have the workers stand in the cold holding signs and complain about the 'man' and how he is hurting the little guy.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:51 am |
    • Sunshine

      Why does everyone complain about the rich, Work as hard and long hours they have done and you won't complain. Working 12 to 17 hours a day 7 days aweek to get where they are is outstandig and they should be applauded for their efforts. Their families suffered while they were trying to make a name for themselves and earn that salary. So, quit complaining, you got what you deserve for your efforts.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:53 am |
  19. Nancee Egan

    One thug supports another thug-–big surprise.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:19 am |

      You may very well be a thug and an idiot to talk about our president this way. I guess respect for the president went out the door when everyone's favorite criminals, bush and cheney, left. But yep, you definitely sound thuggish. Find a new word jackass.

      February 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  20. Sunshine

    Chicago has rules and requirements to run for office. Rahm did not meet those qualifications because he had rented out his home. Goes to show you how crooked he and Obama are to make a judge rule he is qualified to run. There are no good candidates running for Mayor of Chicago and I really hate seeing Daley step down. He turned Chicago into the most beautiful city in the United States.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  21. vegas01

    Obama's just hedging his bets and making sure he has an ally when he gets back home in 2013.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • c

      He wont be home in 2013. He will steal the next election, the pres is not naive and not stupid, he is calculating !

      February 19, 2011 at 7:07 am |
  22. Torontoguy

    I used to like Obama. That was before he planned to tax Canadians for flying to the US. Please Americians–get rid of this goddamn idiot ASAP before he destroys the planet.

    February 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • Kats

      Couldn't of said it better myself. Now if you can convince the crazy liberals we might be able to pull it off!

      February 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
      • regurg

        Hard to take you seriously, since you are clearly ignorant. It's "couldn't HAVE," not "couldn't OF."

        February 19, 2011 at 8:50 am |
  23. Glen Lathamlen

    Why doesn't the media and particularly the Chicago media emphasis just how poorly Chicago was run under Mayor
    Daley. He leaves the city in a big financial mess. He leaves the citizens of Chicago yoked with the impossibly stupid
    parking meters deal. I can't remember him EVER balancing the city budget. Violence, segregation and corruption has
    flourished under him. Rham Emannuel has not quite articulated during the campaign his distaste for the current state
    of affairs in Chicago. But, I will bet money that once he begins to starighten the city out, Chicagoans will begin to
    see by comparison how BAD a mayor Daley was. All he did was piss on the residents head and tell them it's raining;
    that what he offers them is the only way things can be done. Daley got the good 'ol boys treatment frim the media.
    It just shows that in America, you are like teflon if you have the right paint job.

    February 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  24. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I've heard about the fact that people have been caught using the names of their dead family members, friends and acquaintances. This has happened in several state voting systems throughout the UNITED STATES! But that had nothing to do with yet another beligerent statement made by you againt the OBAMAS? You simply have such disdain for this president and his family, that on EVERYTHING,whether it be good, bad, big or small, YOU will find a way to demean and/or align him with it! You can't WASH this one, Jay!

    February 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  25. Kats

    What is really funny about this, being from Chicago, the fix is already in Rahm is going to be the next mayor. If anyone watched the debate last night you would of seen how awful Rahm was. He is no speaker thats for sure. He answered two different questions with the exact answer word for word. lol None of these individuals are capable of running Chicago, but Obama's pick, he has to be the worse! lol

    February 18, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  26. Kats

    I didn't know that its ok for the illegals to vote! They do in Chicago, so they have a fair trade, I let you vote and stay you vote for me.

    February 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  27. outawork

    They only voted once!!!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  28. c

    Talking about voting is symbolic, they will steal it. Rahm is horrible and he wont garner the votes but it will be rigged

    February 19, 2011 at 7:04 am |
  29. Jerry, Florida

    What did you expect? Free loaders don't vote for non-free loaders. We all know Rahm has blatantly stolen the right to run for mayor of Chicago. Among other things, he IS a non-resident!!! What will keep him from stealing the upcoming Chicago mayoral election? These people have no shame! Oops! I forgot the NObamas, Ramh, Reed, Bobble Head Pelosi and other Democrats, and Chicago politicians in general don't know what shame means. They have lied their way into office and until the American people decide to put a stop this nonsense, DON'T COUNT ON IT!

    February 19, 2011 at 7:08 am |
    • Mark C

      Could you possibly be a bigger imbecile?

      February 19, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
    • Mark C

      Could you possibly be a bigger imbecile??

      February 19, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
  30. Tom

    I'm sure they both voted for Rahm...several times each. Remember, this is Chicago we're talking about.

    February 19, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  31. Jim

    Given that Rham Emanuel is so corrupt and our government is such a blatant lie as is the election process that alludes the people into believing they actually vote for their representatives, there is not even an iota of Rham not being given this seat. He has done a special part for the Zionist imperialists in the Obama administration, he will be rewarded. The question is why are they putting him in this position.

    February 19, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
  32. Linda

    You all need to get a life!!

    February 20, 2011 at 2:42 am |
  33. gmh

    I lived outside of Chicago once, on the North Shore..........GREAT WONDERFUL CITY!!!!!!!! Rahm is just as qulified as the next person to run that city. Rahm has connections that will help promote that town...Good Luck to Rahm....

    February 20, 2011 at 10:51 am |
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    February 20, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  35. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @ChiefLaughingWagon; ofwhat 'tribe' areyouasecretmember? I really wish you clowns, who keep fanning the fires of fearmongerism, divisiveness and hate through continous claims that the PRESIDENT is Muslim and that he was not born in AMERICA! You can't be a secret MUSLIM! BTW, If he was SO WHAT? I remember when CATHOLIC was a problem! With the way some 'CHRISTIANS' have been acting since the new administration entered office, they should be 'secretchristians'! They are a disgrace to THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!

    February 25, 2011 at 6:40 pm |