Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces plans for Northerly Island Park on Thursday at the Field Museum.
(Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune / August 16, 2012)
On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, Mayor Rahm Emanuel appeared on "Meet the Press" today to make the pitch for electing President Barack Obama to a second term.
Emanuel is set to deliver a speech on Tuesday that he says will "testify" to his experience in Obama's White House, where Emanuel served as chief of staff.
Obama's first term can be summed up like this, Emanuel said: "General Motors is alive and well. Osama bin Laden is not."
Emanuel said Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney gave a convention speech that "laid out a policy for Groundhog's Day" and was "devoid and vacuous of any ideas."
The president will use the convention to lay out an agenda and policies built on strengthening the economy and the middle class, Emanuel said.
Emanuel will be in Chicago Tuesday morning for the first day of school for most Chicago Public School students. He'll fly to Charlotte, N.C. that afternoon and is scheduled to remain there for the duration of the convention.
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