President will attend five fundraisers pegged to his 51st birthday; he will raise more than $6.4 million...
Ahead of a Sunday packed with five campaign events pegged to his 51st birthday, President Obama arrived in his hometown of Chicago on Saturday afternoon. He spent close to three hours in a closed-press meeting with staff and volunteers at his campaign headquarters in the Prudential Plaza building, before departing for a dinner out with friends at Piccolo Sogno Due, an "old school" Italian restaurant on North Clark Street in the River North neighborhood.
The President's pricey event schedule for Sunday has had a number of changes since the birthday-themed events were first announced last month, including the dropping of First Lady Michelle Obama from the line-up. Instead, Mrs. Obama has now been deployed on her own three-day campaign junket through western states. The invite, above, which includes Mrs. Obama's name, is from the original announcement for supporters. The President's events are listed below. Update, Sunday, Aug. 12: Per a campaign official, guest counts and total fundraising figures have been added for each event. The President will raise more than $6.4 million from the events.
The five events...
On Sunday, the President begins his day with a closed-press event at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. He will attend a roundtable for supporters that cost $40,000 per person. There will be "approximately" 25 guests, according to a campaign official. That's a $1 million haul.
Next, the President will attend a Gen44 reception at the Bridgeport Arts Center, with tickets starting at $51 per person. This event is pooled for television and open to pre-credentialed still photographers and correspondents. There will be approximately 1,000 guests, raising at least $51,000.
The President will then deliver remarks at a birthday-party-themed fundraiser in the backyard of his home in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Tickets for the event cost $40,000 per person. The event was the subject of the online 'Barack's Birthday' sweepstakes, which offered two winners and their guests the chance to join the fun. The names of the winners have not yet been announced by the campaign. This event is print pool for remarks only. There will be approximately 100 guests, and the event will raise at least $4 million.
Following the President’s remarks at his home, he will travel a few blocks to the Hyde Park home of longtime friends Marty Nesbitt and wife Anita Blanchard for a photo-reception event. Tickets start at $5,000 per person. The event is closed to press. Nesbitt is the treasurer for Obama for America, and Blanchard, an obstetrician, is a close friend of the First Lady's, and delivered both the Obama daughters. There will be approximately 200 guests, and the event will raise at least $1 million.
Finally, in the evening, the President will deliver remarks at the nearby Hyde Park home of Barbara Bowman, mother of Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. Tickets for this event began at $1,000 per person. It will be print pool for remarks. The First Family last visited the home in June, when they attended the backyard wedding of Jarrett's daughter. There will be approximately 400 guests, and the event will raise at least $400,000. 6,451,000
The President celebrated his 51st birthday on Saturday, August 4 with his 104th game of golf, played at Joint Base Andrews, before heading to Camp David for the weekend, where he was joined by friends, including Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass.
Monday: Off to Iowa...
The President will remain overnight in Chicago on Sunday, and on Monday he will depart Chicago en route Council Bluffs, Iowa, where he will begin a three-day bus tour. The President will attend campaign events in Council Bluffs and Boone, and remain overnight in Des Moines. On Tuesday, the President will travel to Oskaloosa, Marshalltown, and Waterloo, Iowa for campaign events. The President will remain overnight in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
On Wednesday, the President and First Lady will travel to Dubuque and Davenport, Iowa for campaign events. "Later on Wednesday," the President and First Lady will return here to Washington, D.C., the White House said.
The First Lady's trip...
The First Lady's current campaign junket began on Saturday and goes through Monday. She is visiting Wyoming, Colorado, and Los Angeles, CA, where in addition to attending fundraisers--including one at the Beverly hills home of Gwen Stefani--she will make her third appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
On Saturday, Mrs. Obama made an 'unscheduled' visit to Aurora, Colorado to meet with families and victims of the tragic shooting on July 20. During a visit to the Medical Center of Aurora that lasted a little more than an hour, Mrs. Obama thanked doctors, nurses and other staff who cared for the wave of patients who were rushed to the hospital after a lone gunman fired into a packed theater at the Century 16 multiplex during a midnight premier of The Dark Knight Rises. 18 patients were rushed to the hospital, located less than 3 miles from the theater, and seven were admitted. Three weeks after the shooting, two patients remain in the hospital’s intensive care unit.
The First Lady met with families of victims and spoke with one of the patients still in the ICU. One patient who was released on Friday returned to the hospital Saturday to speak with Mrs. Obama. Twelve people were killed and another 58 were injured.