President Obama wraps up his week with a relatively light schedule on tap. He’ll have lunch off-campus somewhere with winners of a campaign contest. (It will be his second off-campus lunch this week!) Then the main event for Friday is a late-afternoon reception in the East Room for LGBT Pride Month. He gave a campaign speech last Wednesday in Los Angeles at a LGBT fundraiser. “I could not be prouder of the work that we’ve done on behalf of the LGBT community,” Obama said last week. “The fight for equality and justice on behalf of the LGBT community is just part of a broader fight on behalf of all Americans. It’s part of our history of trying to make this Union a little bit more perfect.” We should expect similar language as he makes remarks at 5:10p.
Beyond that, he’ll leave this evening for a weekend in Chicago (his third trip there in the last month.) The whole family is going with him this time where they will spend the weekend at their house. He’ll have no public events on his schedule for the weekend but Valerie Jarrett’s daughter is getting married on Saturday a few blocks from his house.
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President Obama focused on his 2012 campaign in earnest Wednesday when he returned to his hometown of Chicago to rally supporters at his re-election headquarters and raise some hefty campaign cash.
Not long after arriving in the Windy City, the president stopped by his national campaign headquarters to thank workers and supporters. It was the president’s first visit to the offices of Obama for America. There he addressed a few hundred campaign staffers encouraging them to run “a campaign that embodies the values we're fighting for.”
His second stop: a fundraiser at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). President Obama greeted a group of about 800 supporters on the campus. During his remarks Mr. Obama made a point of thanking his outgoing chief of staff Bill Daley, who accompanied him to Chicago, for his service.
While the focus will be on the aftermath of the New Hampshire primary, President Obama will keep the White House's focus on jobs on Wednesday by hosting the "Insourcing American Jobs" forum at the White House. He and Vice President Biden will host business leaders and other experts influence companies to choose to do business in the US and not to outsource to other countries. According to guidance from the White House, the president will "discuss why it's competitive to locate in the United States and what more can be done to work with companies to take similar steps to insource American jobs." The president will make remarks and then the business leaders are expected to come to the stakeout following the event.
Later on Wednesday evening, President Obama does some campaigning of his own when he travels to his hometown of Chicago to hold several campaign events. First he will speak to a Gen 44 rally at the University of Illinois Chicago forum. This is a concert and fundraiser sponsored by Gen 44, hosted by actor Hill Harper, with a performance by Grammy-nominated recording artist Janelle Monáe. President Obama will deliver remarks live at 6:50pm EST. He will have two other fundraisers at private homes in Chicago which are closed to the press.
full schedule after the jump
White House (CNN)– It's been a quarter of a century since their moment in the limelight, but Friday, the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears were finally honored at the White House.
The tragic explosion of the Shuttle Challenger occurred just days before the champion team was to meet with President Reagan in 1986. Fast forward 25 years and the Da Bear's number one fan, President Barack Obama welcomed his hometown team to be honored at the White House.
The president was almost gushing, "This is as much fun as I will have as president of the United States," he told an audience of Illinois natives and Bears fans on the South Lawn. FULL POST
CHICAGO (CNN) - President Obama touts his record and takes a jab at "birthers" during a Democratic National Committee event in Chicago Thursday night.
By CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Jessica Yellen
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama heads to his hometown Thursday evening to begin fund raising for his re-election bid for the White House.
The president is the main attraction at three events in Chicago. The first two are smaller gatherings at Nine and MK, restaurants in the city. The third and largest event is being held at Navy Pier, along the shore of Lake Michigan.
The president announced his re-election bid on Monday April 4, with an e-mail and video sent to supporters. His campaign says it received 23,000 contributions in the first 24 hours following Obama's re-election announcement, with nearly all of those donations in the amount of $200 or less, a source confirms to CNN.
Check out the complete story on CNN's Political Ticker.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – It wasn't his beloved Chicago Bears or White Sox, but President Obama finally got to welcome one his hometown's teams to the White House as the Chicago Blackhawks were honored for their 2009-2010 Stanley Cup Championship with a ceremony on the South Lawn.
The president congratulated the players and coaches but then praised the fans for their perseverance. "We have a proud tradition in Chicago of believing that no matter how long it takes, how much we have to endure, it's only a matter of time before our team finally wins it all," Mr. Obama said. "The waiting builds character. We have a lot of character. Now, I have to say, even by Chicago standards, 49 years, that's a pretty long time." FULL POST
Top Chef Masters-winning Rick Bayless took to Twitter tonight to share images of President Obama's visit to his old stomping grounds – Bayless' Topolobampo and Frontera Grill. Before the First Couple moved to Washington D.C., they were regular patrons of the chef's adjoining Chicago restaurants, which specialize in Mexican cuisine.
Read the entire post on CNN's Eatorcracy blog!
CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) – Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin remembers sitting down for a meeting at the White House with the rest of the Democratic leadership a month ago, when President Obama promised he was blowing up his schedule to try to help keep control of Congress.
"He said, 'I'm going on the campaign trail for the next month, and I told my scheduler to ignore me when I say I'm tired,'" Durbin, D-Illinois, recalled in the cold of an outdoor rally just a few blocks from Obama's home. The Saturday event drew at least 35,000 people, according to Democratic officials.
Now, with just two days left until the midterm election, the question is whether that love will translate into Democratic victories across the country, let alone in Obama's own backyard.
"This is home," Durbin added as Obama lingered nearby, working an extra long rope line, "and these people love him."