Obama having a backyard barbecue with Chicago pals?
By MICHAEL SNEED email@example.com June 1, 2012 11:56AM
Updated: July 6, 2012 10:13AM
The Obama Grill ...
On tap: Perhaps a late night barbecue/chat with pals Marty Nesbitt, Eric Whitaker and John Rogers at President Barack Obama’s Kenwood neighborhood home after POTUS attends three mega Dem fund-raisers in Chicago?
◆ To wit: “It’s not on the official schedule yet, but the president wouldn’t pass up a late night rap session with his closest buddies,” said a source.
Rahm ’em ...
Hut-Hut vs. Vroom Vroom: Mayor Rahm Emanuel may be trying to get a Super Bowl to Chicago somewhere down the road, but remember when Mayor Jane Byrne wanted to bring the International Grand Prix race to Chicago, a city she wanted to make a “Paris on the lake?”
Well, I’ll be gobsmacked!
Since the financial crisis began, America’s millionaire population has gone down: from 5,263,000 to 5,134,000, according to a global wealth study done in 2011. The reason, stocks.
The poison Penn …
Watch for activist /actor Sean Penn to get on an airplane to Venezuela soon if a recent report that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez may be in the final stages of cancer proves to be true.
Sneed hears deputy police superintendent Brian Murphy, who is retiring, will be named head of security at McCormick Place.
The Bost man ...
It’s now a YouTube sensation: The paper-throwing, microphone slamming rant by downstate GOP Rep. Mike Bost, who exploded Tuesday at the “tyranny” of House Speaker Mike Madigan over the state’s pension legislation. (Check Sneed’s online column to watch the video.)
◆ It also caused Bost’s mother a case of the spilkes.
◆ Quoth Bost: “My sister saw the video, called me and said: ‘You need to call mom. She saw it and took a nerve pill.’ So I called and she said, ‘Michael, I saw you and I was afraid you were going to have a stroke or a heart attack!’”
◆ Clip ’em: Bost and his wife, Tracy , run the White House beauty salon in Murphysboro. She clips. He handles the books.
◆ Snip ’em: “Madigan is a chess player at this political game, but quite often he’s playing with people who only know how to play checkers,” said Bost, who claims to have received messages from 22 states and New Zealand.
◆ Rip ’em: “I’ve been approached by a few Democrats who said: ‘We’d like to say many of things you said, but we’re afraid.’ You see, Madigan controls everything from parking spaces and offices space to what bills pass and quite often funding for projects in their districts.”
◆ Flip ’em: Why is he not afraid of Madigan: “I’ve been here 18 years and have a job to do ... and maybe it has something to do with me being a Marine.”
◆ Copy ’em: A GOP source tells Sneed the Bost rant was rehearsed and based on the antics of another retired Southern Illinoisan: former Senate GOP Leader Frank Watson (R-Greenville), who tossed a red faced diatribe a few years ago. Both men are pals and once threw hundreds of unstapled pages of bills up in the air while screaming at the opposing party. Rumor has it Bost even weighed the bill in his office and practiced punching it!”
Friday’s birthdays: Kirk Dillard, 57; Morgan Freeman (right), 75, and Alanis Morissette, 38.