Obama ready for 'all-nighter'
October 24th, 2012
01:34 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama ready for 'all-nighter'

(CNN) – It's the kind of feverish schedule that is usually reserved for the final days of a presidential campaign: a two-day coast-to-coast swing that includes stops in eight states, multiple television interviews, and a redeye flight on Air Force One.

But President Obama isn't waiting for the last weekend of the campaign to up his pace to an all out sprint, a likely reflection of just how close he and his aides believe this race now stands with just under two weeks until Election Day.

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"This is the first stop on our 48-hour fly around, campaign marathon extravaganza," a smiling Obama told supporters at his first stop in Davenport Iowa earlier Wednesday.

The uptick in the president's pace is especially noticeable to the reporters who cover him regularly because, until now, he has largely avoided multi-day campaign swings – opting instead to return to the comfort of the White House at the end of most days.

Jen Psaki, the Obama Campaign's traveling press secretary, said the new sprint is the result of having reached a "pivotal time in the election."

"People have started early voting; they're starting to early vote in places like Colorado, where we will be visiting today, this week," she said, adding that "[t]his has been a trip that has been in the works for weeks. It's something we've been very excited about for weeks."

"I think we're all going to be going on adrenaline for the next 36 hours or so. That's the fun of it. Nobody walk into oncoming traffic or into any glass-plated walls and we'll be good," she also said.

When all is said and by late Thursday night, the president will have touched down in the battleground states of Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, Florida, Ohio, and Virginia. He's also making a stop in Los Angeles to tape an interview with Jay Leno Wednesday night and will quickly visit Chicago Thursday to participate in early voting there.

"We are going to pull an all-nighter. No sleep," the president also said at the Davenport event.

But is the around-the-clock blitz earlier than needed with 13 days to go until the election?

"Well, what if we do a 98-hour tour the last week?" Psaki told reporters Wednesday morning.

"I'm just joking," she clarified.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. gt

    where were you the last 3 yrs.....a little late now...

    October 24, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. UBS, WILLARD & THE 4000+ AMERICAN AMNESTY DEAL

    Dr. Obama, Dr. Obama, you're needed in all battleground states. There are multiple cases of Romnesia spreading among uninformed voters.

    October 24, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. vvalenc

    Obama is my Champion .

    October 24, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. t man

    There are jobs that require much less sleep and far more work then what the president will experience. Wow he puts in 2 weeks of hard work and someone actually has to journal about it. I have much more compation for the real hard working americans that pay for all the nice things he has. They should write about them.

    October 24, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. samuel l waxman

    What is the candidate for the presidency Barack Obama grateful for as he makes a bid for the White House

    October 24, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Paul

    Our taxpayer dollars at use to fly this creep around, to campaign just wrong

    October 24, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Obama should have done a few all nighters a few years ago. Now it's too late. We don't need 6 Trillion more in Federal Debt. But we do need jobs.

    October 24, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Reload

    Too bad he wasn't ready for an "all-nighter" on September 11 when our people were dying in Benghazi.

    October 24, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. NOTADEMOCRAT

    Unlike the day after the Lybian terrorist attack...

    October 24, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. ruth

    another 4 years ...are you crazy?

    October 24, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. Sunny

    Anyone with brains knows Obama is a lying Muslim. At the last debate he showed how much he lies with videos showing he said and did apologize to Muslim countries on America. He also knows nothing about our military and he does intend to shrink it. Obama has never worked a day in his life including the role of President. The amount of vacations, rounds of golf proves it. running this country is Jarrett a Muslim from Iran along with Soros, Ayers, Solinsky, Axelrod, Plouffe who are communists and belong to the communist party.

    October 24, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    Be wide awake. Focus on Ohio, Florida. We are behind you. God bless us all.

    October 24, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. Vanessa

    Good luck Mr President! Remember that we stand behind you. We, the hispanic community are fired up & ready to vote! Among us, fam &.friends, driving la raza to vote! We can't wait! Fired up & ready to vote, fired up & ready to vote!! Si podemos!! Hispanics 4 Obama all the way!!

    October 24, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. Yes we can move forward!

    Yes we can move Forward!

    October 24, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. pete holland

    Go Bama. Get some sense into this nations politics. Romey is for the 1% NOT the rest!

    October 24, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. brody02

    Obama in 2012.The GOP can run Trump in 2016.

    October 24, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. jim campbell

    CNN is looking pretty silly not covering any of the emerging information on the debacle in Libya. Some of those men fought for hours and perished with no assistance...in fact it was almost seven hours. What has happened to your news coverage?

    October 24, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. Lulu

    "he has largely avoided multi-day campaign swings – opting instead to return to the comfort of the White House at the end of most days."

    He has other things to attend to. You are a hard worker, Mr. President !

    October 24, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Wes Monroe

    Mr. President you are going to need an all nighter but please don't expect to win in November.

    October 24, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. Sol-L.I. N.Y.

    The Campaigner-in-Chief is ready to pull all nighters to win re-election but went to sleep when our Diplomats were being murdered by terrorists in Libya....

    Hmmmmmm....Something wrong here?

    October 24, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. Willie12345

    An "all nighter " ? He's my hero !! It seems that the only time this bum works is when he's running for office.

    October 24, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. betterdays

    Golly, I've never seen him work this hard. And he's been president for almost four years.

    October 24, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    With all the illegal voter suppression fraud and shameless tactics by teapublicans to steal the election, I just hope election officials keep a close eye on these racist white supremacist jim crow pushing right wing communist pigs across this country.

    October 24, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |