(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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where were you the last 3 yrs.....a little late now...
Dr. Obama, Dr. Obama, you're needed in all battleground states. There are multiple cases of Romnesia spreading among uninformed voters.
Obama is my Champion .
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.
What is the candidate for the presidency Barack Obama grateful for as he makes a bid for the White House
Our taxpayer dollars at use to fly this creep around, to campaign just wrong
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.
Too bad he wasn't ready for an "all-nighter" on September 11 when our people were dying in Benghazi.
Unlike the day after the Lybian terrorist attack...
another 4 years ...are you crazy?
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.
Be wide awake. Focus on Ohio, Florida. We are behind you. God bless us all.
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!!
Yes we can move Forward!
Go Bama. Get some sense into this nations politics. Romey is for the 1% NOT the rest!
Obama in 2012.The GOP can run Trump in 2016.
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?
"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 !
Mr. President you are going to need an all nighter but please don't expect to win in November.
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?
An "all nighter " ? He's my hero !! It seems that the only time this bum works is when he's running for office.
Golly, I've never seen him work this hard. And he's been president for almost four years.
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.