via CHICAGO (CBS) — While out on an unrelated assignment, CBS 2 investigative reporter Dave Savini decided to stop by a South Side Subway sandwich shop for a meal. Savini was struck by the fact that the counter of the store at 116th Street and South Halsted was encased in bullet-proof glass. Such a sight would be common at crime magnets like gas stations or currency exchanges, but a Subway? Continue reading
Traveling with the president in Europe, First Lady Michelle Obama caused a stir with remarks she made about her upbringing on Chicago’s south side. Mrs. Obama, who was virtually removed from the public spotlight during the presidential campaign after making several comments that got then Senator Obama into hot water, was speaking to an all-girls school in London last week about her current position. In the course of her speech, the First Lady made remarks that are reminiscent of comments that President Obama lambasted Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin for during the campaign.
“For nothing in my life ever would have predicted that I would be standing here as the first African-American First Lady. I was not raised with wealth or resources or any social standing to speak of. I was raised on the South Side of Chicago – that’s the real part of Chicago.”
Gov. Palin was forced to clarify similar remarks she made during the campaign, telling an audience that the rural parts of the country comprise the “real America.” Vice President Joe Biden responded to Palin’s remarks, saying in part, “It doesn’t matter where you live, we all love this country.” Senator George Allen was also taken to task by Democrats during the 2006 campaign for remarks he made that echoed the First Lady’s sentiment. Allen directed his comments toward a campaign worker for his Democratic opponent, Jim Webb, saying, “Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia!” Allen went on to lose his Senate seat. The White House has not seen fit to clarify the First Lady’s remarks, yet.