President’s time in Chicago cut short
By MICHAEL SNEED email@example.com May 24, 2012 8:54PM
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 21: U.S. President Barack Obama leaves his closing press conference at the closing of the NATO summit on May 21, 2012 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. As sixty heads of state converge for the two day summit that will address the situation in Afghanistan among other global defense issues, thousands of demonstrators have taken the streets to protest. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)
Updated: July 3, 2012 10:02AM
Obama wanna ...
Sneed is told President Barack Obama wanted to spend a little time in his Kenwood home during the recent NATO summit, but was told he couldn’t—because access roads to his home had been shutdown.
◆It begs the question: So who is really in charge?
A recently married Chicago administrator is pregnant. Guess who?
Who was that guy?
A tale of an Arabian night: A table for six at Chicago Cut Steakhouse was reserved last Saturday night by a Saudi Arabian “sheikh” staying at the Trump Tower during the NATO summit.
Consider these “requests.”
◆No talking to the sheikh.
◆His French chef would inspect the kitchen before the meal and would write the menu, which included 26 ounce bone-in ribeyes for six people.
◆An order was placed demanding specific condiments, including freshly shaved radish, which sent restaurant employees scurrying to Whole Foods—and sweet potatoes slow roasted with fresh herbs and sea salt.
◆The end product: The sheikh and his entire table showed up in blue jeans and polo shirts along with a phalanx of security, which sat at two additional tables.
◆“I’m not sure,” said restaurant owner David Flom. “I think he was the son of a Saudi Arabian sheikh. But it doesn’t really matter. My sons thought I said “Shrek” had eaten at the restaurant—and that was all that mattered.”
The Pix Nix ...
Click. Click. Wrong pick.
◆Shoot ’em: The national news show “CBS This Morning” profiled U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s abrupt decision to leave office Thursday morning—and ran side-by-side shots of the two Illinois governors Fitzgerald tossed in the clink.
◆The upshot: They got one of the shots wrong.
◆The buckshot: A photo of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was correct, but the shot of former Gov. James Thompson was wrong.
◆The irony: It was actually Big Jim Thomspon’s client and friend, former Gov. George Ryan, who Fitzgerald sent to jail.
◆The response: “I suppose it was an honest mistake,” Thompson told Sneed “Should I be hot about it? Hey, I’m a nice guy.”
◆The kicker: Thompson is now awaiting word June 1st on whether the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is going to reconsider Ryan’s case due to a recent U.S. Supreme Court directive.
◆The backshot: How is Ryan doing? “He’s pretty good. Sounds strong. Wants to know when he going to get out,” said Thompson.
I spy ...
Cubs honcho Theo Epstein watching the Cubs game Monday while dining at Chicago Cut Steakhouse with Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder and former Blackhawk Chris Chelios.
Here, there ...
....and everywhere: Actress/Evanston High School grad Lauren “Are You There, Chelsea?” Lapkus, will be starring in an indie flick titled “You are Here” with Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Poehler when it begins filming next month in North Carolina.
Brain Buster ...
The Jeopardy challenge: Sneed had to chuckle when multiple Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Friedman came in last during a recent episode of “Jeopardy” starring three media luminaries.
∞The reason: Sun-Times reporter Kara Spak made it to Jeopardy’s “Tournament of Champions” and took home $95,401.
Sports short ...
Sharp point: It should come as no surprise Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Sharp just bought a home in Lakeview: It’s a short jaunt to the Blackhawks favorite tavern, the Pony Inn— a haven of a cluster of Hawks: Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Dave Bolland, Bryan Bickell and GM Stan Bowman. (Former Hawks Dustin Byfuglien and Troy Brouwer also had nearby addresses.)
All in the familia: Restaurateur Phil Stefani catered to NATO dignitaries at five separate locales this weekend—including a Loyola University reception for Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti and a dinner at the Cultural Center for Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
Pew news: Merryville’s legendary Fr. John Smith will be feted for his 50th anniversary as a priest on June 9th at Rosemont Gibsons. No surprise. It’s a sellout... Today’s birthdays: Ian McKellen, 73; Lauryn Hill, 37, and Mike Myers, 49.