Mayor Emanuel, on Supreme Court health care ruling: Obama's leadership needed 'to bend the needle of history'

June 28, 2012 9:40:44 AM PDT
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who served as President Obama's chief of staff at the time the health care reform legislation was passed into law, reacted to the Supreme Court's ruling Thursday morning.

"This is -- in my view -- a historic day," Emanuel said. "The president took the leadership and courage that was necessary to bend the needle of history and -- in my view-- economic fairness."

Emanuel addressed the health care ruling, as well as violence on Chicago's streets, at a press conference to announce that Federal Savings Bank will open a national home loan center in the West Loop, bringing 400 jobs to its new facility.