WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama will be sleeping tonight in his Kenwood home and may even "make himself breakfast" on Saturday morning. Obama hits Chicago for a Friday afternoon reception at the Chicago Cultural Center and two private dinners, at the homes of Jim and Paula Crown and Tracey and Chaka Patterson. All told, the events should raise about $3 million.
Principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said Friday at a briefing, "The President, though, is looking forward to spending the night in his own house for the first time in quite a while. He told me specifically that he's looking forward to sleeping in his own bed and might even make himself breakfast in the morning. So I think he's looking forward to the -- to spend the night at home."
The Sun-Times Michael Sneed column predicted that Obama would be spending Friday night at his home.
The Sun-Times Stella Foster column had the scoop about the hosts of the private dinners.
This will be Obama's 13th visit back to Chicago since becoming president.
His 12th visit was May 19-21 for the Chicago NATO Summit, where he stayed at a hotel.
Obama lamented at a press conference May 21 about not getting a chance to run home--the house is at 5046 S. Greenwood--despite being nearby at McCormick Place.
Said Obama, as he was wrapping up the summit, and commenting about how Chicago handled the international meeting, "this was a great showcase. And if it makes those folks feel any better, despite being 15 minutes away from my house, nobody would let me go home. I was thinking I would be able to sleep in my own bed tonight. They said I would cause even worse traffic. So I ended up staying in a hotel, which contributes to the Chicago economy."