When asked if it were a way for the Obamas to thank him for his service as White House Chief of Staff, Emanuel shrugged it off.
"I don't know about thank you's so much as they're making sure that their neighbors get a chance to meet and talk to me and so they can hear about my agenda for dealing with the challenges facing the city," said Emanuel after a southside event where he discussed food deserts.
In advance of the meet and greet, Emanuel said he didn't know how many people were planning to attend.
"It's going to snow, and so I couldn't tell you," he said with a laugh.
Nesbitt was treasurer of the president's 2008 campaign, reminds the Chicago Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet.