Bush Busy in Chicago
Source: Chicago Tribune
President Bush traveled to Chicago on Thursday night to celebrate his 60th birthday with Mayor Richard Daley, a bipartisan meal in which both men had one thing in common to chew over: the work of federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald.Hosting Bush won Daley a break from reporters, who refrained from asking about yesterday's conviction of Daley's former patronage chief and three others on federal corruption charges.
There was no mention of the scandal when reporters were allowed into the restaurant toward the end of the dinner to watch Bush presented with a white birthday cake with strawberries while Daley and other guests sang "Happy Birthday."So, who was invited to the celebration? "Various business executives," the article says. Makes it sound so random, doesn't it?
"We had a wonderful discussion," Bush said. "Chicago is a fabulous town, Mayor, and you're awfully kind to host."
On Thursday night, Bush and Daley were joined at dinner by various business executives, including Gregory Baise, president of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association; John Rowe, chief executive officer of Exelon; Larry Ivory, chairman of the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce; and Juan Ochoa, president of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.Bush's schedule today includes a fund raiser for Judy Baar Topinka, the Republican candidate for governor, who must be pretty desperate for cashola, given that she doesn't have much good to say about the president. The moonbats are planning to protest, and I'll be there on my lunchbreak with videocam in hand.
George Bush * Richard Daley * Judy Baar Topinka * Chicago