President-electBarack Obama arrived at Manny’s Cafeteria and Deli at 12:29 pm to a crowd of about 25 people waiting outside.
Obama and Valerie Jarett walked to the front counter of the deli. 7 men in whte hats stood behind the counter waiting to make sandwiches.
Obama shook hands with Ken Raskin the restaurant’s owner. Raskin’s father, Manny, founded the Chicago institution.
“Rahm Emanuel sends his regards. I ordered him his corned beef,” Obama told Raskin.
Obama signed a photo of himself with Mayor Daley after he won his Senate election in 2006. The photo was for Raskin.
“Alright, let me get my food,” Obama said.
Someone suggested he get the mayo and mustard mix on his corned beef, and he said he would.
Asked by reporter what he ordered, Obama said, “we got the corned beef.”
Asked by a reporter, “What do you think about the auto industry? and Obama smiled, said “I got the corned beef,” and walked on to greet people in the restaurant.
The restaurant was packed. People had cell phone cameras out. They swarmed the president-elect, congratulating him on the election.
Mayo and mustard mix on the corned beef? I’m so disappointed in that choice. No mayo on corned beef. Ever.