President Barack Obama greets well wishers upon his arrival at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, April 14

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President Obama reads a note given to him by a young girl upon arrival at O’Hare International Airport

Chicago Tribune: The president, accompanied by his chief of staff, Chicagoan William Daley, arrived shortly after 5 p.m. He is scheduled to attend two private fundraisers – at the N9NE and MK Chicago restaurants – before heading to the main event at Navy Pier.

Tickets range from $100 to the legal maximum of $35,800. Part of the money will go to the president’s 2012 re-election campaign and part to the Democratic National Committee.

The Navy Pier event is hosted by Gen44, a group of young Obama supporters. About 2,000 are expected to attend.

Notable attendees will include Bulls star Derrick Rose, Pittsburgh Steeler and former University of Illinois player Rashard Mendenhall and Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks. Grammy Award-winner Colbie Caillat will perform. Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel also is scheduled to be there.

The restaurant fundraisers will each be attended by about 225 people.

Obama’s return to Chicago comes as his campaign staff is setting up his national campaign headquarters here on an entire 50,000-square-foot floor of One Prudential Plaza.

He will spend the night in Chicago and return to D.C. on Friday.

And he and first lady Michelle Obama will return in two weeks to tape one of the final episodes of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on April 27. That show is set to air May 2. Winfrey is ending her show later in May after 25 years.

13 Responses to “home”

  1. 1 LYNN
    April 14, 2011 at 6:56 pm


  2. 2 JM
    April 14, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Welcome home Mr. President!

  3. 3 Yardarm
    April 14, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Welcome home Mr. President. Welcome home. i thank GOD i lived to see the day.

  4. 4 Lovepolitics2008
    April 14, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I just saw on C-Span they’re planning to carry the event at Navy Pier live, at 10:30 ET . I’ll be watching. And you ?

    • 5 dotster
      April 14, 2011 at 7:38 pm

      Cool! Thanks for the info! Local reporters just tried to find someone on Chgo streets who was mad about Obama’s arrival messing up their commute tonight, and almost everyone just shrugged their shoulders and laughingly said, “We’re used to it.” And then they stumbled on one lady who said, “I just love that man. I drink his kool-aid every day!” Anyone here on the streets of Chgo about an hour ago? 🙂

    • 6 BIGFan
      April 14, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks, Lovepolitics2008 (me too)! Hope it is on C-Span 1.

  5. 8 anniebella
    April 14, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I’m so looking forward to seeing them on Oprah May 2nd.

  6. 9 M
    April 14, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Great pics! How adorable that he is reading the note from the girl in the red hooded coat….<3! It must feel great to be back in Chicago. Thanks or the cspan tip lovepolitics2008! Can't wait!

  7. 10 Sonjia Duncan
    April 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I just saw on C-Span they’re planning to carry the event at Navy Pier live, at 10:30 ET . I’ll be watching. And you ?

    Now On.

  8. 11 Titti
    April 15, 2011 at 6:54 am

    “I just love that man. I drink his kool-aid every day!” Luvs this.

  9. 12 lisa
    April 15, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    is it me or does it look like PBO is in better shape than his SS? I notive everytime he runs, the SS look like they’re having a hard time keeping up.

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