These days, just about everything President Bush says seems to be ill-tuned and ill-timed. Speaking Monday in Chicago, the prez opened with these laudatory remarks for Mayor Richard Daley:
"Thank you all very much. Thanks for the warm welcome. It's great to be back in Chicago, home of the mighty Chicago White Sox -- world champs.Roughly five hours after the president's remarks, the Chicago Tribune published this story online:
"I said that because the Mayor is here -- who, by the way, is one of the finest mayors in our country. Mayor Daley, thank you for being here."
A former deputy commissioner for the city's Sewers Department testified today that he hired and promoted employees based on a "blessed list" of applicants that came from officials in Mayor Richard Daley's office.
Joseph Gagliano, who retired from the city in 2002, said that he agreed to go along with an alleged scheme to hire and promote pro-Daley political workers because he "had a family to feed."
Gagliano is the second prosecution witness to testify in the trial of ... [four] ex-city officials accused of rigging the city's hiring process.