President Obama smiles as supporters sing Happy Birthday during a fundraising reception at the Bridgeport Arts Center on August 12
10:40: President Obama departs Chicago en route Nebraska
11:55: Arrives Omaha
12:25: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Bayliss Park, in Council Bluffs, Iowa
12:45: VP Biden travels to Durham, N.C., where he will deliver remarks at a campaign event at the Durham Armory
4:30: Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a campaign fundraising event in Los Angeles
6:15: PBO delivers remarks at a campaign event at Herman Park in Boone, Iowa
President Obama walks through the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago, August 12
Crikey, even Politico – Politico! – pushed back against Kantor the shill:
Republicans quickly jumped on a report that President Obama’s largest fundraiser here Sunday was only “half full,” but the crowd for the event was larger than the Obama campaign had initially anticipated.
“At Obama fundraiser in Chicago. Admission only $51, but room is half full,” New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor wrote on Twitter.
The Romney campaign seized on Kantor’s estimate …. The Drudge Report also piled on….
….to this reporter and several others in the White House press pool, the room seemed plenty full. There was empty space at the back of the large loft space during and immediately after the president’s remarks, but the crowd was densely packed to get close to the stage at the front of the room where Obama spoke.
Morning everyone, early start today