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Obama greeted at O'Hare by Quinn, Daley, Schakowsky, Quigley; Jarrett, Rahm on AF1

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Chicago tarmac meet-and-greet, some POTUS birthday details:

AF1 was wheels down at 4:58 p.m. local time in a rainy Chicago.

President Obama exited the plane at 6:08 p.m.

Governor Quinn, Mayor Daly, and Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Mike Quigley greeted POTUS on the tarmac.

Rahm, Valerie and Gibbs weren't far behind coming down the stairs of AF1 and joined in the drizzly tarmac mingling.

POTUS separated from the group and walked to Marine One alongside Mayor Daly. Daly also boarded Marine One, which was wheels up - along with pool helos - at 6:14 p.m.

During the first half hour of the flight, Gibbs came the press cabin to offer some POTUS "birthday color" to the pool:

The President received two 'Happy Birthday' phone calls today: the first was from the first lady, Michelle Obama, and their 9-year-old daughter Sasha, who are vacationing in Spain; the second was from first daughter Malia, 12, who is away at summer camp.

"At lunch time today, I think everyone knows that much to the president's chagrin, Malia is away at camp. She gets one phone call during that time away and she used that phone call around lunchtime today to call in and wish her dad a Happy Birthday, and needless to say both those calls were the highlights of his day," Gibbs said.

POTUS also got a secret gift from the Secret Service.

"He mentioned to me, and I won't get real specific, but I asked him if he got any special gifts," Gibbs said. "The Secret Service detail got him a nice gift. We don't want to get into specifics on what it is but it was a heartfelt gift."

He promised more birthday details later on tonight, but said POTUS wasn't coming to the back of the plane back to spend any moments of his birthday with pool. "Um, he's busy playing cards," Gibbs said as he backed away from the press cabin.

Motorcade is rolling
Carol Lee


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