Portland, Oregon (CNN) – The presidential limousine, known colloquially as 'The Beast,' carried what was probably one of its youngest passengers ever on Wednesday evening.
President Obama, who flew to Oregon as part of a five state campaign swing for Democratic candidates, was greeted by his longtime friend from Hawaii, Greg Orme, his wife, and their newborn child as the president walked off Air Force One.
Orme was a high school classmate of Obama at the Punahou School in Honolulu. He is a frequent competitor on the basketball court, and companion of the president on the golf course, when Obama vacations in Hawaii over the Christmas holiday.
With a baby seat positioned in the limousine, the family rode with the president to the Oregon Convention Center where Mr. Obama addressed a rally for John Kitzhaber, the Democratic candidate for governor in Oregon. Kitzhaber is locked in a close race with Republican Chris Dudley, a former professional basketball player with the Portland Trailblazers.
Obama is scheduled to continue campaigning at rallies in Washington, California and Oregon for Senators Patty Murray, Barbara Boxer and Harry Reid as part of an effort to hold their seats and preserve the Democratic majority in the Senate.
The president will travel to Minneapolis on Saturday to speak at a rally for former Senator Mark Dayton, the Democratic candidate for governor.
- CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry contributed to this report.