Emanuel unwrapped the present and immediately recognized what it was: “This is a dead fish,” he reportedly declared.

Actually, it was more than that, explained Goolsbee.

“”To most people it looks like a dead fish, but to a future Mayor of Chicago, it looks like a dead Asian Carp.”

The Asian Carp is the bloodthirsty, voracious and irrepressible species of fish that Chicago is trying to keep from using its waterways to reach Lake Michigan.