July 5th, 2012
07:45 AM ET
President Obama kicks off his first campaign bus trip- the Obama campaign calls it the "Betting on America" tour – with two days through Ohio and Pennsylvania. He'll spend the majority of time in the battleground state of Ohio and will wrap the trip up with a stop in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon University.
On Thursday, he'll start the trip off by flying to Toledo, OH, where he will load his special bus (some have called it "Ground Force One" but that is not the official name) that he's used in two other bus trips in the past year. All stops on this trip are completely campaign events. His first stop will be in Maumee, OH at 11:15a, just a few miles outside Toledo. He'll speak at the historic Wolcott Museum complex which is a group of mid-19th century homes that demonstrate the lives of early Ohio pioneers. Approximately 500 supporters will attend this campaign event. He then gets back on the bus and heads to Sandusky, OH. Along the way, we shouldn't be surprised if he makes unannounced stops at random diners, shops, schools, day camps, like he has previously done. In Sandusky, we expect him to stop by Washington Park where he'll attend an ice cream social at 3:40p. Ice cream will be a good thing considering the temps at all of his stops will be at least 90 degrees Thursday and Friday. His next official stop is in Parma, Ohio where he'll speak at another campaign event- this time in James Day Park. He'll make remarks at 7:15p to a "smallish" crowd in a picnic area. Tickets to the event are free and were handed out by local Obama for America offices. After the event, he'll get back on the bus and roll to Akron, OH where he will spend the night.
For the full guidance as released by the White House, click below.
8:30AM Pool Call Time
9:10AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews
South Lawn (In-Town Travel Pool Coverage)
9:35AM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews en route Toledo, Ohio
Out-of-Town Travel Pool Coverage
10:55AM THE PRESIDENT arrives Toledo, Ohio
Toledo Express Airport (Open Press)
11:40AM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event
Wolcott House Museum Complex, Maumee, Ohio (Open to Pre-Credentialed Media)
3:40PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event
Washington Park, Sandusky, Ohio (Open to Pre-Credentialed Media)
7:15PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event
James Day Park, Parma, Ohio (Open to Pre-Credentialed Media)
Press Secretary Jay Carney will gaggle on Air Force One