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Rahm Emanuel: ‘took longer to get there’ than to testify at Blagojevich trial

Updated: May 27, 2011 1:08AM

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joked Thursday that it took him longer to get to and from the Dirksen Federal Building on Wednesday than he spent on the witness stand at the corruption retrial of ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

In an appearance on the first day of WLS-Channel 7’s “Windy City Live,” the show that’s replaced “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in Chicago, Emanuel spoke about having to testify in federal court after just over a week in office. Cohost Ryan Chiaverini told Emanuel that the witness stand probably wasn’t where he wanted to be. The mayor responded by joking that Chiaverini should have a “graduate degree in masters of the obvious.”

When the Chiaverini said it hardly seemed to have been worth his time, testifying for less than five minutes, Emanuel said, “It took longer to get there than to get in and out. But the good news is: Right back at work.”

At one point, Emanuel tried to shake hands with the toddler son of cohost Val Warner, and the toddler turned shy.

“That’s the same reception I got in the courtroom yesterday,” Emanuel said.

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