Chicago – President Obama arrived in Chicago on Wednesday evening for a busy 24 hour visit to his hometown that will combine work, pleasure and politics.
This evening, President Obama will celebrate his 49th birthday with a party at a friend’s house.
Tomorrow, President Obama will visit a local Ford factory. Later in the day, he will give a fundraising speech for U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias. Then, he’ll attend a Democratic Party fundraiser held by friend Neil Bluhm. Tickets for that are going for $30,000.
The first family is not with the President this time around. Mrs. Obama and Sasha are traveling in Spain, and Malia is at summer camp.
However, the first family did call the President today to wish him happy birthday.
“I think everyone knows that, much to the President’s chagrin, Malia is away at camp,” said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs while flying on Air Force One to Chicago. “She gets one phone call during that time away, and she used that phone call around lunchtime today to call in and wish her Dad a happy birthday. And needless to say, it was the — both those calls were the highlights of his day.”
Gibbs said that the Secret Service also gave the President “a nice, heartfelt gift” but refused to say what it was.
Rahm Emanuel and Valerie Gibbs, both Chicagoans, traveled with the President on Air Force One.
Governor Pat Quinn, Mayor Daley, Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Rep. Mike Quigley greeted the President as he arrived in Chicago. Daley then rode with Obama on Marine One.
The President is not completely alone during his visit to Chicago; he brought Bo, the family dog.
As the President arrived back in his neighborhood, some neighbors were waiting outside. One little girl held up a large sign that read “Happy 49th Birthday President Barack Obama.”
Originally reported by FOX News Chicago. Read the original article here.