Back in Sweet Home Chicago and the Rezko mansion.
President Barack Obama landed at O’Hare Airport on Friday as he makes a rare weekend-long visit back home with Democratic fundraising on his agenda.
Obama stopped in the Loop to cast an early vote in between two fundraising events.
First lady Michelle Obama is not with him because she is on, Obama said at a fundraiser, a “girls weekend” at Camp David.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s former chief of staff and Rep. Mike Quigley D-Ill., greeted the president on the tarmac after Air Force One touched down at 11:56 a.m. There were “several hundred cheering citizens” also on hand, according to the pool report, and Obama “worked the fence, shaking hands and smiling for a few minutes.”
Obama, Emanuel and Quigley then helicoptered on Marine One to Soldier Field. Emanuel and Quigley headed to their vehicles as Obama headed to his first Chicago stop of the day.
On the schedule: three fundraisers. On Friday, Obama is on the North Side for events to benefit Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid and the House Democrats. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is also in Chicago today for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee luncheon.
On Sunday, Obama is on the South Side for an event to pour dollars into Tammy Duckworth’s Senate bid. This one is personal for Obama: He wants to defeat Sen. Mark Kirk R-Ill., and help Duckworth win the Illinois Senate seat he won in 2004.
Also on tap: Obama has made a display of voting early in past years when he has been in Chicago prior to an election – and he did so again on Friday, voting at a Chicago Board of Elections polling place at 69 W. Washington.
According to a pool report, “with hundreds of onlookers in the steers, Obama hurried into the Chicago Board of Elections office in the basement.
“You guys are doing a wonderful job. Appreciate ya” Obama told the approximately dozen poll workers as he filled out paperwork.
“What’s my date of birth? 8 4 81?” POTUS joked. “Nice try!” One of the workers said, to which Obama retorted he was “Shaving just a couple of decades off.”
“After locating his machine and beginning to vote, POTUS looked up at the pool and cracked, “they can’t see who I’m voting for can they?” and feigned an effort to shield the screen.
“Asked who he voted for, Obama looked up and smirked.”