Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will head back to his hometown next month to headline a Democratic party event.
The president will be the main attraction at a Democratic National Committee gathering in Chicago on April 14, a Democrat with knowledge of the event confirms to CNN. The Chicago Tribune, which first reported word of Obama's appearance back in Chicago, terms the event a fundraiser.
News of the president's trip to Chicago comes as Obama has picked up the pace in attending political functions and as his team lays the groundwork for his 2012 re-election bid. Obama's 2008 campaign for the White House was headquartered in Chicago and his re-election campaign will also be headquartered in the city.
This week the president headlined two DNC events in the nation's capital. Obama spoke to members of the party committee's national advisory board and national finance committee at one of the gatherings on Wednesday evening, and met Monday evening with approximately 50 supporters and potential supporters of his 2012 re-election bid.
Obama raised a record breaking $750 million dollars in his 2008 campaign for president and could bring in up to $1 billion for his re-election bid.
CNN has confirmed that Obama's campaign manager on Thursday urged deep-pocketed and well-connected donors to each pledge to raise $350,000 this year. The donors could be asked to raise more money in 2012.
-CNN Senior Political Editor Mark Preston contributed to this report
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obama is in a continuous campaign fund raising mode again. He cannot deal with this countries problems and will not address problems that concern this country on the world stage. Time for this clown in chief to be sent home permantly to Illinois after his four years are done. FOUR years and no more.
Yeah, lend a hand to the Dems dictating to everyone in Chicago and Illinois. Time for you to move, if you value freedom, people of Chicago.
We are very fortunate to have an intelligent president who can multitask, instead of a shoot first and ask questions later like Newt, Little Timmy, Huck, Palin, Bachmann, Santorum, Mittens, and the Donald.
This president is so pathetic..a billion dollars to re-elect a duck with no wings, forget lame duck. Why not use the billion to pay off some of the debt he helped to incur.
Obama is going to try to buy reelection, with his proposed BILLION dollar war chest. Obama has spent his presidency campaigning, instead of governing. One has to wonder where he is getting the BILLION dollars from, and who he will be obligated to ... certainly not to the American people. If you want to save America, DUMP Obama in 2012 !!!
I love how the GOP scrumbag like Newt Gingrich knows he can't win so he's throwing everything but the kitchen sink at President Obama to see what will stick to the wall and it comes right back at him as the same cheater and liar that will never win. Newt's an old "has been" trying to beat down a young man. Go home old fart and stay.