Reporting from Washington — President Obama acknowledged Monday that Rahm Emanuel’s time in the West Wing may be coming to an end, as his chief of staff moves closer to a run for mayor of Chicago.
"I think that Rahm will have to make a decision quickly,” the president said in an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer. “Running for mayor of Chicago is a serious enterprise, and I know this is something he is thinking about.”
Obama said Emanuel has not communicated any decision to him yet but that “as soon as he does, I’m sure that we’ll announce it.”
Emanuel, a former Chicago-area congressman, has been meeting with other potential candidates in recent weeks, sharing private polling to signal his strength as a would-be candidate.