President has prepared both a victory speech and a concession speech...
As America anxiously awaits the results of the general election, President Obama on Tuesday evening will have dinner at his Chicago home with First Lady Michelle Obama and his daughters. The First Family will be joined by Mrs. Obama's mother, First Grandmother Marian Robinson, brother Craig Robinson and his family, and the President’s sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng and her family. They will also be joined "by a host of nieces and nephews," according to a campaign spokesman. (Above: The President on Tuesday morning, after visiting one of his field offices)
First daughters Sasha, 11, and Malia, 14, flew into Chicago after school with their grandmother.
Later on Tuesday evening, at a time not yet announced, the President and Mrs. Obama will attend what's being billed by the campaign not as a victory party but as an "Election Night Watch Party" at McCormick Place, where 10,000 supporters are expected.
The President has prepared two speeches for tonight, he told Denver's FOX31 during one of a slew of battleground state interviews he conducted on Tuesday at the Fairmont Hotel. One speech is for victory and the other is for concession.
"You always have two speeches prepared because you can’t take anything for granted, President Obama told political reporter Eli Stokols.
"It is an extraordinary privilege to serve the people, whatever the office," President Obama said.
"I have served as a state senator, a U.S. senator and now as the president. And each and every time I’ve been reminded that it is the people where power ultimately resides; and I’m their representative, I’m their servant."
On Tuesday afternoon, the President was joined by friends, staff and a couple of Chicago Bulls for his traditional Election Day basketball game, playing at a local gym. Players included Robinson and Senior Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass. The President's team won.
The President began his day by visiting a field office close to his Hyde Park home, and made calls with volunteers. He also did a series of radio and TV interviews during the day.
The President arrived in Chicago after midnight on Monday, following his emotional, last-ever campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa. He will return to the White House on Wednesday.
The campaign on Tuesday released this video of the President making calls on Tuesday morning: