The Blackhawks’ run to the Stanley Cup Final is certainly the toast of Chicago, and it's also on the mind of the city’s most powerful fan.
President Barack Obama slyly cheered on the Hawks ahead of their triple-overtime win in Game 1 while at a campaign event for Senate candidate Ed Markey on Wednesday in Boston. While in enemy territory, the president sarcastically told the crowd -- safely assumed to be largely pro-Bruins -- that he wasn’t going to talk any trash or bring up “the outstanding qualities of the Chicago Blackhawks.” That earned the president a few boos, but he’s never been shy about repping his Chicago sports fandom.
Meanwhile, back in Chicago a day after Game 1, two other prominent political figures offered their support for the Hawks. Speaking Thursday at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting hosted by former President Bill Clinton, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -– a pair of Chicago-area natives -- uttered the two most popular words in the city right now: “Go Blackhawks.”
"I have something very important to say: Go Blackhawks,” Emanuel said to laughs and applause after being introduced by President Clinton. “When I was coming home from the game last night, about 12:30, I said, 'Who can I call?' I said, 'President Clinton, he'll be up.' (I know that) from years of working with him. And (he's) the other person that would actually go through each play to actually give credit to the Hawks for a great game."
“I listened to my friend, Mayor Emanuel, reference the Blackhawks games,” said the former first lady, who grew up in Park Ridge. “I can remember listening to Blackhawk games on the radio when I did my homework all those years ago. And my father and brothers and I were great Blackhawk fans. But three overtimes, really? I can imagine there is a sense of euphoria as well as exhaustion affecting many of our Chicago participants today. I heartily endorse the mayor's call to 'Go Blackhawks.'”