Obama may visit Chicago in February

Jan. 28, 2009 at 9:21 AM
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CHICAGO, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama could return to Chicago in time to celebrate Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday next month, people close to the administration said.

Obama drew inspiration from Lincoln during his campaign for the presidency and after he was elected. On Inauguration Day, Obama was sworn in on a Bible that was used at Lincoln's inauguration.

While aides declined to comment on Obama's February schedule, a source close to the president told the Chicago Tribune that Obama could make his first presidential visit to Chicago Presidents' Day weekend, when his daughters have a three-day school holiday.

Obama has asked that Congress have on his desk an economic stimulus package before the recess. Democratic congressional leaders pledged to have a bill ready for Obama's signature by the mid-February break, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying if the bill weren't passed, there would be no break for lawmakers.

When Obama travels to Chicago -- he indicated he would return to the Windy City every six-to-eight weeks -- the likeliest spot an Air Force One landing would be O'Hare International Airport, the Tribune said. Midway Airport and Gary (Ind.)-Chicago International Airport also could be considered if a smaller plane were used.

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