Mary Ann Ahern, NBC Chicago, July 21, 2011
In fact Emanuel’s temper can get the best of him. I found out yesterday when I asked him a question about where his children would go to school, and he let his famous temper emerge.
During a sit down, one-on-one interview, I asked where Emanuel’s three children will attend school upon their return to Chicago.
Similar to his former boss, Emanuel said it’s a private decision.
While I appreciate the desire for privacy, I tried to explain that the Mayor’s family is now in the public eye as Chicago’s First Family, and that the public would want to know whether Emanuel is confident enough in the public school system to send his own children there. But Emanuel broke in.
“Mary Ann, let me break the news to you. My children are not in a public position,” he said, curtly. “I am. You’re asking me a value statement and not a policy. … No, no, you have to appreciate this. My children are not an instrument of me being mayor. My children are my children, and that may be news to you, and that may be new to you, Mary Ann, but you have to understand that I’m making this decision as a father.”
The mayor stood up to leave.
As I tried to explain further, Emanuel doubled back. He looked directly at my two college interns, and said, “You are my witnesses.”
Then, the Mayor of Chicago positioned himself inches from my face and pointed his finger directly at my head. He raised his voice and admonished me. How dare I ask where his children would go to school!
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