“People in Chicago are not dying of the mumps, they are dying from gunshot wounds,” she said. “It needs to be treated as a preventive health issue.”

Unlike a flu virus that touches everyone from Kenilworth to Kankakee, this scourge is largely confined to poorer neighborhoods that a majority of us drive around rather than through.

And though there are pockets of wealth on the South and West Sides, like the Kenwood neighborhood the Obamas called home, Hadiya Pendleton was gunned down just a mile away…

While the first lady’s visit will bring great comfort to the sorrow this city feels, we need her husband, too.

We need the president to come home.

As confronter-in-chief.