Tuesday, November 06, 2012

President Obama Spends Election Day In Chicago

"Now we need to win," President says in pre-dawn email...
After his last-ever rally on Monday night in Iowa, President Obama will spend Tuesday in his hometown of Chicago with the First Family and close friends as he awaits the results of what seems to be a dead heat with his GOP challenger.  The President has already cast his vote, and he will be doing at least a dozen GOTV interviews.  In an Election Day tradition, he will also get in a game of hoops with aides and friends, according to the White House. The President will eat lunch and dinner at his Hyde Park home, where he spent the night on Monday.

In the evening, the President will deliver remarks at a time 'to be decided' as he attends what's being billed as an Election Night Watch Party--with 10,000 guests--at McCormick Place in Lakeside Center.   First Lady Michelle Obama, the Obama daughters, and Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden will also attend.

By 5:00 AM ET on Tuesday morning, ahead of the opening of polls on the East Coast, the President had sent his first email of Election Day to supporters.  He urged them to get out and vote, and to get others to vote, too.  "Now we need to win," the President wrote.  "Please come through today."

The President and Mrs. Obama arrived in Chicago late on Monday night after their final rally in Des Moines, Iowa, and spent the night in their own residence in Hyde Park on the City's South Side.  The President's basketball companions on Tuesday will be shaggy: In another Election Day tradition, his male aides have stopped shaving facial hair.  The President's former personal aide Reggie Love is expected to be among the players, according to a spokesman.

The Vice President and Dr. Biden will vote on Tuesday morning in Wilmington, Delaware, and travel to Chicago later in the day, arriving at 1:15 PM.

The President and Mrs. Obama will remain in Chicago overnight on Tuesday, staying at their residence, before returning to Washington, DC on Wednesday.

*CLICK HERE for the Ultimate Obama Election Night Watch Party Menu, with White House recipes.

The President's email on Tuesday morning had the subject line 'Go vote--and forward this.'

The text:


We know what we believe. We know the stakes.

Now we need to win.

Here are two things you should do right away:

First: If you haven't voted already, make a plan for when you're going to the polls -- and confirm your polling place and hours. And know that as long as you're at your polling place before it closes, you'll be able to vote. Make sure everyone you know has this link to confirm their polling place, too:


Second: We can't afford to step back and hope others will make the difference. So once you vote today, keep going. Get on the phone, get online -- all day long, there will be something you can do to help. It's all right here:


We are capable of so much when we are all in this together.

Please come through today.

Thank you,



*Photo of the President on the campaign trail on Nov. 3 in Milwaukee, WI by Obama for America