Supporters take photos of President Obama at a fundraising kickoff event at Navy Pier in Chicago last night. (AP)
The Chicago Tribune covers the president’s fundraisers in his hometown last night. “Speaking in Navy Pier's Grand Ballroom before an estimated 2,300 people who paid $100 to $250 to attend, Obama challenged the crowd to come together for him as they did four years ago. ‘Ordinary folks can do extraordinary things. That's what this campaign is about,’ Obama said at the event, which also featured Bulls all-star point guard and South Side native Derrick Rose, forward Joakim Noah and a former star from the team's championship years, B.J. Armstrong. The president later donned a Bulls cap.”
Politico adds, "The campaign’s main message in these early days is that supporters need to generate the opening wave of grassroots excitement, without relying on the president to fire up supporters personally, as he was able to do in 2008. 'Over the next three months, six months, nine months, I’m going to be a little preoccupied,' he told donors at the first of three Chicago fundraisers. 'I’m not going to see all of you as often I’d like. It means that I’m not going to be able to make that phone call to you and thank you even though my gratitude is profound.'"
President Obama admitted on ABC yesterday that he made a “political vote” when he voted against the debt-ceiling being raised in 2006. “That was just an example of a new Senator, you know, making what is a political vote, as opposed to doing what was important for the country. And I’m the first one to acknowledge it,” he said per Roll Call.
“Hispanics now outnumber African-Americans for the first time in most US metropolitan areas, shifting the political and racial dynamics in cities once dominated by whites and blacks,” the AP reports from the latest Census data released this week.