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Obama parties Saturday night at homes of Penny Pritzker, Marty Nesbitt. Pallasch pool reports

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President-elect Barack Obama and wife Michelle partied Saturday night first at the Lincoln Park home of Penny Pritzker and then the motorcade zoomed back to Kenwood for festivities at the home of Marty Nesbitt. Pritzker was Obama's finance chair and Nesbitt was the treasurer of Obama's presidential campaign. Pritzker and Nesbitt are also in business together; Nesbitt is the president and CEO of The Parking Spot and Pritzker is chairman of the board. Here are the pool reports from my Chicago Sun-Times colleague Abdon Pallasch.
--Lynn Sweet

Obama's Saturday, minute by minute

Pool Report 1
Saturday, Nov. 22
No news.
The 6 a.m. call time allowed poolers to glimpse the pre-dawn red sky above Lake Michigan as the press bus rolled down Lake Shore Drive toward President-elect Obama's house in Hyde Park/Kenwod.
At 9:02 a.m., Obama's SUV pulled out of his driveway bound for the Regents Park apartment complex where his friend and periodic campaign employee Mike Signator lives and where Obama worked out at the gym for 78 minutes from 9:07 to 10:25.
The temperature in the WIndy City is a colder-early-than -usual 27 degrees but Obama was presumably only outside long enough to go from door to car (the line of sight to the building's entrance is now blocked for security purposes) and only his White Sox capped head was visible in the SUV.
His SUV pulled back onto his home street by 10:30 and we are holding nearby.



Abdon M. Pallasch
Chicago Sun-Times


Pool Report #2

After more than 7 hours at home, Obama's SUV pulled out at 5:48. He and his wife arrived at his friend and national finance chair Penny Pritzker's home for dinner at 6:26.

There was a slight delay as the motorcade made a wrong turn and stopped at a fire house a few blocks from Pritzker's house to figure the best way to get to the house.



Abdon M. Pallasch
Chicago Sun-Times

Pool #3

Still holding outside the Pritzkers'.

What's the vibe in this neighborhood that has a lot of high-priced homes such as the Pritzker's very large, very modern home with adjacent yard with art structures?

A neighbor across the street yelled at a secret service agent parked in her driveway, "Excuse me! You have to leave our driveway! I have to go to the Opera!"

To clarify the stop at the fire station: The motorcade found itself at the wrong end of Pritzker's one-way street and the driver wanted the least disruptive path to bring the multi-car motorcade around to the Pritzkers' home, an Obama press aide said.

A photographer captured the president-elect smiling broadly as he sat in the SUV in the fire station lot.



Abdon M. Pallasch
Political Reporter
Chicago Sun-Times

Pool #4

The Obamas left the Pritzker home at 8:53 p.m. Michelle Obama proceeded directly to the SUV while the president-elect walked over and shook hands with a dozen mostly teen or younger fans who had gathered outside to cheer him on.

Obama carried a hard-cover book on Abraham Lincoln. Both Obamas wore winter coats.

The Obamas are making their second social call of the night -- at the home of friend Marty Nesbitt.


Final Pool

The Lincoln book was Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer by Fred Kaplan.

The Pritzker home is in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

The Obamas arrived at the Nesbitt home just blocks from their own at 9:17 and stayed until 11:18.

In the interim, a neighbor asked the press pool bus to pull forward as the bus was blocking the man from pulling his car into his driveway. The neighbor appeared annoyed about having to get out of his car into the 27-degree night air to have to ask the bus to move. The bus driver quickly obliged.

The Obamas' SUV pulled onto their block at 11:20 p.m. and a lid was declared.

Abdon M. Pallasch

18 Comments

Lynn-- Thanks for posting pool report. What does "lid was declared" mean?

LYNN SWEET REPLY
A "lid" is jargon used in the news business. It is a word used to to state the newsmaker being covered has no more events for the day or for a specified amount of time and no more announcements are expected.

what is the parking spot?

Mr, Obama regardless of what he does for the country is the biggest thing for this town ever. I forsee hundreds of thousands of new tourists for here, that = jobs & $$$ & since we are now in a recession/depression that is good very very good.

Oh yes another great thing for this town is the movie "Public Enemies" which will release next summer filmed here with Depp n Bale I did some work on it & I can tell you it will be bigger than the Blues Brothers!!

Conrad

What Lynn, no pictures?

I do not think it is safe to report every detail of where he is about. This is not to fear but to be cautious.

LYNN NICE JOB WITH THE POOL AND ALL BUT THIS IS NEWS WE CAN'T USES .I REALLY DON'T CARE THEY DESERVES SOME DOWN TIME HE IS WORKING HARD REMENBER HE IS PRESIDENT ELECT OBAMA WE HAVE 1 PRESIDENT AT A TIME . I DON'T KNOW IF YOU ARE KEEPING A EYE ON OBAMA BECAUSE IT'S NEWS OR FOR OTHERS REASONS BUT I DO KNOW THE AMERICA PEOPLE TRUST HIM I WISH THE MEDIA WOULD STOP TRYING TO HOLD HIM ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE MESS WE ARE IN THIS COUNTRY. WE STILL HAVE PRESIDENT BUSH WHY AREN'T YOU FOLLOWING HIM AROUND AND ASKING HIM QUESTION HE STILL HAS 2 MONTHS LEFT. HAPPY THANKGIVING DAY .GOD BLESS AMERICA.

This is ridiculous.

Great scoop Lynn. Hey Abdon, nice to see you're putting that journalism degree to good use. Are you planning on continuing to stalk the Obamas? Seems pretty creepy.

As a relative of a former Federal Security Officer, let me explain why driveways are blocked(without giving away to many secrets).

Whenever a High priority Secret Service protectee is on a street, all access to the street is temporarily limited(including driveways).
It's been reported that President-Elect Obama has had more threats than any other President-Elect in history. So don't be suprised if you see an increase in his security over the coming months and years.

I'M GLAD THE PRESIDENT-ELECT AND HIS WIFE HAD AN
OPPORTUNITY TO PARTY AND GET OUT AND ENJOY
THEMSELVES!
I HOPE THE LADY MADE IT TO THE OPERA!

Wildcat---READ this. Lynn's not there. It's a POOL report!
It's similar to what we read about Bill Clinton jogging, etc.,--we won't continue with a blow by blow after the first year, if that long.
Phil is too star struck.

HE IS A STAR, SO WHAT IF I'M STRUCK!
AFTER HE FIXES THE ECONOMY YOU MIGHT GET STAR
STRUCK AS WELL!
GUYS LIKE THIS COME ALONG ONCE IN A BLUE MOON,
AND THE MOON HASN'T BEEN BLUE IN 8 YEARS!
THE ONLY REASON WHY HIS EVERY MOVE IS BEING
TABULATED IS BECAUSE HE IS IN CHICAGO!
SIT BACK AND ENJOY, HE IS TRUELY A GODSEND FOR
AMERICA!
HE IS THE CHANGE I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR, I DON'T
WHAT SOME OF YOU HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR, BUT HE
IS THE TRUTH!
AND THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE!

Okay, Phil. I give you kudos for enthusiasm. The only problem with being star struck is it interferes with REASON and CIVILITY! When someone says something youdisagre with--you call them racist or addicted to Fox News!

I CALL EM LIKE I SEE EM!
EITHER THE SHOE FITS OR IT DOESN'T!
ONCE THIS MAN TAKES OVER AS PRESIDENT OF THE
UNITED STATES, THE COUNTRY WILL IMPROVE AND WE
WILL BENEFIT FROM HAVING HIM AS COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF
THE REMARKS SOME PEOPLE MAKE ARE MIND-BOGGLING
AND I HAD TO TAKE A STAND, I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN FOR
THE MAN, BUT SOME WERE AGAINST HIM BECAUSE THEY
WERE TOLD NOT TO GIVE HIM A FAIR-SHAKE!
MY MOTTO IS, ELEVATE YOUR MIND AND THE REST WILL
FOLLOW!
THE PRESIDENT-ELECT IS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR FOR
THE ENTIRE COUNTRY, BECAUSE NOW WE HAVE SOMEONE
WHO HAS BEEN TRAINED TO GOVERN A COUNTRY AS GREAT
AS OURS!
THE WHOLE WORLD APPROVES OF PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA
5 MILLION EXPECTED AT THE INAGURATION!

Phil. Can't he BOTH a breath of fresh air and someone who we, the loyal opposition of the left can also criticize in hopes to penetrate the 'bubble' he's been submerged in by his OWN complaint?

THAT'S YOUR PROBLEM YOU ARE STILL STUCK ON LEFT
AND RIGHT, WHEN YOU SHOP AT THE GROCERY STORE, DO
THEY ASK YOU IF YOU ARE LEFT OR RIGHT, NO, EITHER
YOU HAVE THE CASH OR YOU DON'T!
REMEMBER WHAT PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA SAID, THERE
IS ONLY 1 AMERICA, I WISH YOU WOULD REMEMBER
THAT, LET THE MAN GET SWORN IN BEFORE YOU WANT
TO BE OPPOSED TO SOMETHING HE IS TRYING TO DO!
HE ISN'T IN ANY BUBBLE, HE IS GENUINELY TRYING TO
DO THE BEST JOB POSSIBLE, HE HAS GIVEN MORE PRESS
CONFERENCES IN A WEEK, THAN BUSH HAS GIVEN IN A
MONTH!
5 MILLION PEOPLE EXPECTED AT THE INAGURATION!
TRY TO OPPOSE THAT!

Phil. Noone opposes 5 million coming to inauguration.
Stop saying such silly things, please.

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