CHICAGO - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel jumped to the defense of Bill Daley, who had announced this week his resignation as President Obama's chief of staff after having served in that role for just over a year.
Emanuel, who had himself served as President Obama's chief of staff for the President's first 21 months of office, went so far as to say that it was the "toughest job in America."
Those in attendance at the news conference could suddenly only hear crickets as no one quite knew how to respond to such an absurd statement. Supporters of Emanuel quickly deemed it a momentary lapse in judgement.
"Mr. Emanuel," said one staffer, "hasn't even had his morning coffee yet."
Even the most sympathetic listeners could list a dozen jobs that were even tougher than being chief of staff.
"You got your emergency medical technicians, airline pilots, mining machine operators. They got it tough," said Chicago native, Eddie Kusak. "Then you can't forget your construction workers, garbage collectors, police, commercial fishermen, and loggers."
Although he had voted for Emanuel, Kusak, who works as a cold-weather veneer hardwood logger in Wisconsin, could not help but take issue with Emanuel's estimation of job difficulty.
"Maybe if we gave Emanuel a clipboard and had him standing out in the woods in minus 5 degree temps up in Haywood or Park Falls (Wisconsin), then maybe he could say that being chief of staff was a tough draw.
"Otherwise, stuff a sock in it, Rahm."