The Kansas City Star previews Obama’s events for Missouri Senate candidate Robin Carnahan today. “Barack Obama makes his first visit to Kansas City today since becoming president — and he’ll have U.S. Senate hopeful Robin Carnahan at his side. Obama will talk green energy and jobs at the day’s first stop, at Smith Electric Vehicles near Kansas City International Airport. Then he heads downtown for a pair of fundraisers aimed at bolstering the campaign coffers of Carnahan, a Democrat in the rare position this year of having a chance to pick up a seat now held by a Republican.”
Here’s this fun fact from the paper: “The Kansas City stop will be Obama’s fifth trip to Missouri as president. Except for Louisiana, the president has not visited any state that he lost more often than Missouri.”
The Hill, meanwhile, tees up the president's stop in Las Vegas. “Obama is scheduled to arrive at 5 p.m. [local time] Thursday in Las Vegas and to attend a political rally with Reid at the Aria resort in CityCenter. The president will also attend a private fundraiser with Reid that will draw more than 3,000 donors. Reid’s campaign and the state party will split the proceeds. Obama will appear with Reid again Friday morning at a public speech about jobs and the economy at the UNLV Student Union. The president is scheduled to leave the state immediately after the speech.”
The AP: "President Barack Obama says there's hope for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, but that doesn't mean he's "blindly optimistic." In an interview for Israeli TV, "Obama says Israel is right to be skeptical about the peace process. But he notes that many people thought the founding of Israel was impossible, so its very existence should be 'a great source of hope.'"
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said yesterday that Michelle Obama is planning on visiting the Gulf region in the coming weeks.