Obama Leaves Chicago Friday

After a $2 million night, President Barack Obama flies back to Washington

By Lisa Balde
|  Friday, Apr 15, 2011  |  Updated 8:55 PM CDT
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April 15, 2011: President Obama, ending a trio of fundraisers in Chicago, asked supporters to be excited for the future while resurrecting the campaign mantra that helped get him elected more than two years ago.

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Chicago gave President Barack Obama quite a night on Thursday.

After he arrived downtown, Obama was joined by Mayor Richard Daley and Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel at N9NE Steakhouse. He then headed to MK Restaurant, where about 50 people paid nearly $36,000 per ticket to attend.

The president spoke for about 10 minutes before being whisked away to the third fundraiser at Navy Pier. A crowd of about 2,300 people were entertained by singer Colbie Caillat and an appearance by Bulls star Derrick Rose. 

Obama assured the crowd his vision has not changed as he heads into re-election.

"We've still got business to do. We are not finished," he said. "And the only way we're going to finish is the same way we began this journey and that's together. We're gonna have to keep on working."

On Friday morning, Obama gave an interview to the Associated Press at the InterContinental Hotel on Michigan Avenue.

After a short but profitable trip -- the president earned an estimated $2 million -- Obama left  Chicago Friday afternoon on a scheduled flight from O'Hare.

Though Obama's presence made traffic pretty ugly Thursday in the Loop, Friday's traffic outlook is much improved.

Obama alluded during his Navy Pier speech that he plans to return to Chicago, where his re-election headquarters is stationed, throughout the campaign.

One of his first return trips will be to Harpo Studios on April 27 with Michelle Obama to tape a segment for the Oprah show.

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