Obama Walks His Chicago Neighborhood
CHICAGO - President Obama went out for a four-block stroll through his Hyde Park neighborhood this morning after spending his first night at home in over a year.
The president, dressed in tan slacks and a white, open-collared shirt with sleeves rolled up, walked down South Woodlawn Avenue alongside senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, both clearly enjoying the sunny and seasonable weather, according to pool reporters on scene. A Secret Service agent followed closely behind.
"Nice day, huh?" Obama called out to members of the press who were positioned to observe the stroll.
"Did you guys spend some money in Chicago!? Did you stay up too late?" he asked.
One reporter asked Obama whether he had cooked breakfast for himself at home this morning, something he had hinted he would do during remarks Friday night. "No, I woke up too late," the president replied with a smile.
Obama and Jarrett ended at the home of Chicago businessman Martin Nesbitt, a close personal friend of the Obamas. They spent about an hour inside before departing for O'Hare International Airport to return to Washington.
The president then heads to Camp David where he will spend Saturday night.
Obama last stayed overnight inside his private home in April 2011 during a visit to Chicago for campaign fundraisers. The visit to Chicago Friday was for a similar purpose: three money events estimated to raise more than $4.9 million combined for Obama and Democrats in 2012.