Reporting from Washington — President Obama said that his now-former chief of staff would be an "excellent" Chicago mayor, offering strong support for Rahm Emanuel's still unannounced campaign for the office.
"I think he would make an excellent mayor, and he would bring an incredible energy to the job," Obama said in an interview in the Oval Office, following an East Room event announcing Emanuel's departure.
Earlier Friday, during his last morning staff meeting, Emanuel told the president's top aides that he was proud of the work he'd driven them to do.
"I know that I pushed you all very hard," Emanuel told the approximately 35 staffers gathered in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. "But I did it in service to the president, and I believe that our whole country is better off for it."