CHICAGO
04/04/2011 03:38 pm ET | Updated Jun 04, 2011

Rahm Emanuel On Obama 2012 Bid: 'I Will Do Whatever To Help' (VIDEO)

On Monday, President Barack Obama made it official: he will run for reelection in 2012.

As the president and his supporters gear up for a long campaign, his hometown of Chicago has once again become an election hub. The president's 2012 headquarters will be based at One Prudential Plaza, just blocks away from where he gave his victory speech in 2008 at Grant Park.

Even when his poll numbers faltered nationally, the president has seen continued support from Chicago--and with his former chief of staff running the city as mayor, that support is likely to continue.

On Monday, mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel said he will do "whatever" he can to help the president get reelected, but his primary focus will be on fixing the city's problems.

"I will help the president," Emanuel told reporters. (Scroll down for video) "I'm pleased that Chicago will be the headquarters, but my first primary goal will be what the voters asked me to do which is to solve the problems here immediately at home."

WATCH NBC Chicago's coverage of Emanuel's remarks here:

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