You’ve got to believe that Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn’t like surprises, at least not when he’s the guy getting surprised.
At a news conference Monday morning, the mayor was still telling reporters about how prepared Chicago was for a four-day, dual G-8/NATO summit beginning May 18.
It was not until that afternoon that we were all stunned to hear the Obama White House announce it was dividing the meetings up, taking the G-8 from Chicago to the wooded presidential fortress of Camp David, Md.
We’re told the mayor got the news only a couple of hours earlier. His police chief, Garry McCarthy, charged with the massive task of security for the summits, said he didn’t know. And business leaders, concerned about boarding up their establishments against possible violent protest, sure didn’t. Nor did downtown hotels now wondering if big blocs of reservations will be canceled.
Read Carol Marin's entire column in the Chicago Sun-Times.