The Travels of Senator Barack Obama -- August 2008


St. Petersburg, FL
Plant City, FL
Lakeland, FL

Cape Canaveral, FL
Titusville, FL
Orlando, FL

Chicago, IL

Lansing, MI
Boston, MA

Youngstown, OH
Ravenna, OH
Berea, OH

Elkhart, IN
Portage, IN
Minneapolis, MN

St. Paul, MN
Chicago, IL

Honolulu, HI


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Honolulu, HI

Chicago, IL
Lake Forest, CA

Reno, NV
San Francisco, CA

Albuquerque, NM

Orlando, FL
Raleigh, NC

Greensboro, NC
Martinsville, VA
Danville, VA
Lynchburg, VA
Richmond, VA
Chester, VA
Petersburg, VA
Emporia, VA
Chesapeake, VA
Chicago, IL

Springfield, IL

Eau Claire, WI

Davenport, IA
Kansas City, MO

Kansas City, MO

Billings, MT
Denver, CO

Denver, CO

Monaca, PA
Aliquippa, PA
Beaver, PA

Boardman, OH
Cleveland, OH
Marengo, OH
Dublin, OH
Lima, OH
Toledo, OH
Hamilton, IN
Battle Creek, MI

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Note: This calendar is based on publicly available information from the campaign and news accounts.  The calendar above shows cities and towns.  The listing below includes impromptu stops and other details, again based on publicly available information.  See Rationale, Methodology and Limitations 2008.

Fri. August 1, 2008

-Economic Security town hall at
Gibbs High School gymnasium in St. Petersburg, FL.
-Unannounced stop at Parkesdale Farm Market in Plant City, FL, buys peaches, oranges and strawberry shakes.
-Roundtable discussion at PJ’s Dream Home Center in Lakeland, FL.

Sat. August 2, 2008
-Press conference at the Radisson Hotel in Cape Canaveral, FL.
-Economic Security town hall at
Brevard County Community College's John Henry Jones Gymnatorium in Titusville, FL.

-Addresses the National Urban League Annual Conference at Orlando World Marriott Resort in Orlando, FL.
       To Chicago, IL.  

Sun. August 3, 2008
Chicago, IL no public events.

Mon. August 4, 2008
-Speech outlining New Energy for America plan at Lansing Center in Lansing, MI.
-Fundraiser marking his 47th birthday in the State Room, 60 State Street building in Boston, MA. ($)

Tues. August 5, 2008
-"New Energy for America" town hall at Austintown Fitch High School in Youngstown, OH.

-Unannounced stop at Stahl's Farm Market in Ravenna, OH, buys peaches and apple fritters.
-"New Energy for America" town hall at Baldwin-Wallace College's Lou Higgins Recreation Center in Berea, OH.
       Early evening to South Bend, IN.

Wed. August 6, 2008

-"New Energy for America" town hall at Concord High School in Elkhart, IN, introduced by Sen. Bayh.
-Via bus with Sen. Bayh to Schoop's Hamburgers in Portage, IN, greets patrons and orders some hamburgers.

-Fundraiser at the Minneapolis Hilton in Minneapolis, MN. ($)

Thurs. August 7, 2008
-Greets breakfast diners at The Copper Dome restaurant in St. Paul, MN.
-Chicago, IL no public events. ("strategy sessions" according to one news source)

Fri. August 8, 2008
-"Welcome to Hawaii" event at Keehi Lagoon Beach Park in Honolulu, HI.

Sat. August 9, 2008
  Honolulu, HI no public events, August 9-15.
Sun. August 10, 2008
Mon. August 11, 2008
Tues. August 12, 2008
-Fundraiser at the Kahala Hotel & Resort in Honolulu, HI. ($)
Wed. August 13, 2008
Thurs. August 14, 2008
Fri. August 15, 2008  Honolulu, HI no public events, August 9-15

Sat. August 16, 2008
Chicago, IL.
-Speaks at the Saddleback Civil Forum on National Leadership organized by Rev. Rick Warren at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA.  (Sen. McCain also spoke at this forum).

Sun. August 17, 2008
-Meets with T. Boone Pickens at the Summit casino-resort in Reno, NV.

-Town hall meeting at Earl Wooster High School in Reno, NV.  
-Greets patrons at PJ & Company Restaurant Saloon in Reno, NV.
-Fundraisers (
Asian and Pacific Islanders, private dinner, and general reception) at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, CA. ($)  Note, according to news accounts, the campaign raised $7.8 million this evening.

Mon. August 18, 2008
-Discussion on equal pay at the Albuquerque City Government Main Library in Albuquerque, NM.
-Town hall meeting
Rio Grande High School main gymnasium in Albuquerque, NM.

Tues. August 19, 2008
-Addresses VFW 109th National Convention at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.
Two and a half day economic bus tour through North Carolina and Virginia.
Town hall at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Exposition Center in Raleigh, NC.

Wed. August 20, 2008
-Greets people and does some shopping at the Farmers' Curb Market in Greensboro, NC.
-Discussion on protecting American jobs at Patrick Henry Community College, Motorsports Facility in Martinsville, VA.
-Stops at Short Sugar's BBQ in Danville, VA.
-Town hall meeting at EC Glass High School in Lynchburg, VA.
       Overnight in Richmond, VA.

Thurs. August 21, 2008
-Meets privately with Gov. Tim Kaine and Kaine's staff at the Omni in Richmond, VA.
-Discussion on the economy, accompanied by Gov. Kaine, at
John Tyler Community College in Chester, VA.
-Stops to get lunch at Longstreet's Deli in Petersburg, VA.
-Stops at Virginia Favorites, Ltd. in Emporia, VA.
-Town hall meeting at
Oscar Smith High School, J. William Myers Gymnasium in Chesapeake, VA.
       To Chicago, IL.

Fri. August 22, 2008
-In Chicago, IL, works on convention speech.

Sat. August 23, 2008
-Rally to introduce Joe Biden as his running mate in front of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, IL.*

Sun. August 24, 2008
-Attends services at the First Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, WI.
-Barbeque at Rod and Gun Park in Eau Claire, WI.

Mon. August 25, 2008
-"One Nation" town hall at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, IA.
    Arrives in Kansas City, MO.

-With Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha on stage in Denver, Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention via satellite from the home of Jim and Alicia Girardeau in Brookside (Kansas City), MO.

Tues. August 26, 2008
-Discussion on Renewing America's Promise at American Airlines Overhaul Base hanger at Kansas City International Airport in Kansas City, MO.
-Watches Sen. Hillary Clinton's speech to the Democratic National Convention from the home of Carlee and Eran Thompson in Billings, MT.

Wed. August 27, 2008
-Discussion on Securing America's Future with veterans and military families at Riverfront Park in Billings, MT.
-Surprise appearance on the stage with Sen. Joe Biden after Biden's speech at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO.

Thurs. August 28, 2008
-Surprise visit to the Illinois delegation women's luncheon at the Marriott City Center (Illinois delegation hotel) in Denver, CO.

-Accepts the Democratic nomination at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, CO.

Fri. August 29, 2008
    The Obamas and the Bidens fly from Denver, CO to Pittsburgh, PA, begin three-day bus tour.*
-The Obamas and the Bidens tour Pennsylvania Bio Diesel in Monaca, PA.*
-The Obamas and the Bidens stop for ice cream at the Windmill Ice Cream Shop in Aliquippa, PA.*
-The Obamas and the Bidens do an "On the Road to Change" event at Irvine Park in Beaver, PA.*

Sat. August 30, 2008
-The Obamas and the Bidens have breakfast at Yankee Kitchen Family Restaurant in Boardman, OH.*

-The Obamas and the Bidens attend the memorial service for Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones at the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland, OH.*
-Unannounced stop to buy corn at a stand on the corner of Rts. 61 and 229 run by the Marengo United Methodist Church in Marengo, OH.*

-"On the Road to Change" rally with Sen. Joe Biden at Dublin Coffman High School football stadium in Dublin, OH.*

Sun. August 31, 2008
-Attends services at St. Luke's Lutheran Church followed by a news conference outside in Lima, OH.

-Discussion on the economy and "On the Road to Change" rally with Sen. Joe Biden at Toledo-Lucas County Public Library in Toledo, OH.*
-With Sen. Joe Biden makes a surprise stop at
Pier 32 restaurant in Hamilton, IN.*
-"On the Road to Change" rally with Sen. Joe Biden at C.O. Brown Stadium in Battle Creek, MI.*
    Overnight in Ann Arbor, MI.

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