- - Monday, January 17, 2011


Clinton to stump for Emanuel

CHICAGO | Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel is getting a high-profile boost from one of his old bosses, former President Bill Clinton.

Mr. Clinton is scheduled to appear Tuesday at a rally for Mr. Emanuel in Chicago. A former top Clinton aide, Mr. Emanuel is one of six candidates vying to replace the retiring Mayor Richard Daley.

Mr. Clinton’s upcoming visit stirred controversy last month when Rep. Danny Davis, who was then running for mayor, said Mr. Clinton could jeopardize his relationship with the black community if he campaigned for Mr. Emanuel instead of a black candidate.

Shortly after that, Mr. Davis dropped out of the mayor’s race and only one major black candidate remains, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun.

Mr. Clinton is a popular draw on the campaign trail and was in Chicago before the November election.


Obamas spend holiday in school

President Obama honored the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday by participating in a painting project at a school on Capitol Hill.

On the federal holiday named for the slain civil rights leader, Mr. Obama brought his family to Stuart Hobson Middle School, where he and first lady Michelle Obama helped paint apple characters on pillars in the lunchroom to encourage healthier eating.

Mr. Obama said King’s legacy is also about service and urged Americans to get out into their communities on Monday a step he suggested would have special meaning after the shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz.

“After a painful week where so many of us were focused on the tragedy, it’s good for us to remind ourselves of what this country is all about,” he told reporters.

Monday also happened to be Michelle Obama’s 47th birthday. To mark it, the crowd at the school sang the Stevie Wonder version of “Happy Birthday,” which the musician wrote to honor King.


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