WASHINGTON--President Obama is flying back to Chicago on Wednesday to celebrate his 49th birthday at home. Obama had been previously scheduled to arrive in Chicago on Thursday, for three fund-raisers and to tour the Ford plant on the South Side.
A White House official said on Friday the schedule was revised and Obama will depart Washington for Chicago on Wednesday afternoon. He returns to Washington on Thursday evening. First Lady Michelle Obama will not be coming home with the president. She will be departing sometime next week for Spain, traveling with daughter Sasha, 9. Malia, 12, is at overnight camp.
On Thursday, Obama visits the Ford operation to tout the recovery of the auto industry in the U.S. The White House said the Chicago plant is being highlighted because "of plans to add 1,200 new jobs thanks in part to Department of Energy loan guarantees to invest in clean energy upgrades."
Later on Thursday, Obama headlines fund-raisers for Senate Democratic candidate Alexi Giannoulias and the Democratic National Committee, expected to haul in more than $2 million dollars all told.
Obama was born Aug. 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Obama was last in Chicago over the Memorial Day weekend.