Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office has April Fool’s Day fun
by Lynn sweet April 2, 2012 12:39AM
Updated: May 3, 2012 8:15AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s press office marked April Fool’s Day with a fake, humorous announcement that Emanuel filed a Freedom of Information Act for documents to “learn more about himself.”
The faux press release cleverly mocks Emanuel on several fronts: his incessant brags about jobs he’s created, his constant use of the f-word and the resistance of City Hall to grant some FOIA requests from reporters.
The Emanuel press office even mocks its fondness for repackaging old announcements and calling it news.
“Thought we’d have a little fun on April Fool’s Day,” Emanuel communications chief Sarah Hamilton said Sunday morning.
With heavy doses of self-deprecation — the best form of political humor — the release stated: “Emanuel’s administration said this is the first time a Mayor has ever FOIA’d himself, and this is the largest self-FOIA in city history. Given the scope of the documents, the FOIA response will create up to 500 jobs.
“According to Emanuel, “It’s a new me. The only four-letter f-word I use now is ‘FOIA.’”