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President Barack Obama casually strolled around the neighborhood and greeting neighbors after spending his first night in over a year at his Hyde Park home. NBC 5 Michelle Relerford reports.
President Barack Obama got his wish to lounge around his house in Hyde Park Saturday morning before heading back to Washington.
"I am sleeping in my bed tonight," he told a group at a fundraiser held in the Chicago Cultural Center Friday evening. "I'm going to go into my kitchen. I might cook something for myself, putter around in the backyard a little bit."
Obama walked four blocks to visit with his friend Martin Nesbitt before taking a stroll with his senior advisor Valerie Jarrett Saturday morning. The president admitted that he woke up too late to cook breakfast.
The president had been looking forward to going home for a while. During the NATO Summit, he shared his disappointment over not being able to stop by home that weekend.
"Despite being 15 minutes away from my house, nobody would let me go home," he said at a post-summit news conference. "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."
The last time Obama slept in his own bed was during another campaign visit during April 2011-- though he did make a quick stop home in January for a few hours.
Obama flew in Friday afternoon, after the Labor Department released a dismal jobs report-- a report he tackled head on in his fundraiser speech Friday night.
"As proud as we are of the work we’ve gotten done, we’ve still got miles to go on this journey," he said.
Obama also told a crowd of donors gathered at the Chicago Cultural Center: "It's good to be home. The White House is nice, but I'm just leasing."