Pfleger said Daley had two loves: â€˜Maggie and being mayorâ€™
By Chinta Strausberg
As thousands attended the wake of the late First Lady Maggie Daley Sunday at the Chicago Cultural Center, Father Michael L. Pfleger said few people knew how much they loved each other and how she was the former mayorâ€™s â€œrock.â€
â€œWe lost a great lady in Maggie, a great warrior for our children and for the arts,â€ Pfleger told his congregation prior to his sermon. Pfleger said he has been praying for the former mayor during this period of grief.
In thinking back on the death of Mrs. Daley, Pfleger said, â€œMayor Daley has never lived alone. He moved from his parents house to live with Maggie and a lot of people see that powerful man, the strong man, the very courageousÂ man…,Â but few people know how in love they were, how much they loved each other and how in love with each other they were.
â€œMaggie ran the house. Iâ€™ll never forget one time I was over there. We were going to a ballgame at the United Center, the Bulls game,â€ recalled Pfleger.Â He was at the mayorâ€™s house and he said â€œMaggie yells up the stairs to Rich. â€˜Rich, weâ€™re leaving. Weâ€™re getting ready to go and hurry up.â€™â€ Pfleger said Daley told his wife heâ€™d be there in a minute to which Mrs. Daley quipped, â€œYou got five-minutes.â€
Pfleger said to himself, â€œThis is Mayor Daley.â€ Pfleger said, â€œShe said OK and all of a sudden five-minutes came up and she said, ‘Câ€™mon, Mike. Letâ€™s go.â€™ Â I said, â€˜You know, he invited me.â€™ She said, â€˜Câ€™mon, and we left out. We went and got into his car with his bodyguards and his driver, and I didnâ€™t know what to sayâ€¦. So I said well, is he going to come?
â€œShe said â€˜Weâ€™ll send the car back for him, but Iâ€™m not missing the beginning of the game because he doesnâ€™t know how to be on time.â€™ â€œThat was his rock,â€ said Pfleger. â€œThe Mayor Daley I know had two great loves and that was Maggie and being mayor and he doesnâ€™t have either of them now and I know thatâ€™s hard for him so weâ€™ll keep him in his prayers and his family during this difficult time of Thanksgiving for them,â€ Pfleger said.
Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.