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The Travels of Senator Barack Obama -- October 2008

La Crosse, WI
Washington, DC

Grand Rapids, MI
East Lansing, MI

Abington, PA
Glenside, PA

Newport News, VA
Asheville, NC

Asheville, NC

Ashville, NC

Nashville, TN

Indianapolis, IN

Dayton, OH
Cincinnati, OH
Georgetown, OH
Portsmouth, OH
Chillicothe, OH
Columbus, OH
Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia, PA
Chicago, IL

Holland, OH
Oregon, OH

Oregon, OH
Perrysburg Township, OH

Oregon, OH
Toledo, OH

Hempstead, NY

New York, NY
Londonderry, NH
New York, NY

Roanoke, VA

St. Louis, MO
Kansas City, MO

Fayetteville, NC
Tampa, FL
Orlando, FL
Lake Worth, FL
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Hollywood, FL
Miami, FL

Richmond, VA
Leesburg, VA

Indianapolis, IN
Honolulu, HI

Honolulu, HI

Reno, NV
Las Vegas, NV
Albuquerque, NM

Denver, CO
Fort Collins, CO
Brighton, CO

Canton, OH
Pittsburgh, PA

Chester, PA
Harrisonburg, VA
Norfolk, VA

Raleigh, NC
Sunrise, FL
Kissimmee, FL
Sarasota, FL
Virginia Beach, VA
Columbia, MO
Des Moines, IA
Chicago, IL
Highland, IN

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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.

Wed. October 1, 2008

-Change We Need rally at the intersection of Pearl and 2nd Streets (beside the La Crosse Center) in La Crosse, WI.
-Returns to Washington, DC to vote for the financial rescue/bailout plan.

Thurs. October 2, 2008
-Change We Need rally at Calder Plaza in Grand Rapids, MI.
-Change We Need rally at Michigan State University, Adams Field in East Lansing, MI.

Fri. October 3, 2008
       Arrives Philadelphia Airport.
-Community gathering at Schwarzman Stadium, Abington High School in Abington, PA.
-Buys flowers for his wife for their 16th anniversary at Penny's Flowers in Glenside, PA.
-Stops to shake hands with students outside the Springfield Township elementary school on Easton Road in Glenside, PA.

       Flight to Chicago.  According to news reports he planned a romantic dinner with Michelle.

Sat. October 4, 2008
-Change We Need rally at Victory Landing Park in Newport News, VA.
-Surprise appearance at
the North Carolina Democratic Party's Vance-Aycock Dinner at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC.

Sun. October 5, 2008

-Debate prep. at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC.
-In the afternoon, Change We Need rally at Asheville High School, Memorial Stadium in Asheville, NC.

Mon. October 6, 2008

-Debate prep. at the
Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. 
-On the Steve Harvey and Tom Joyner radio shows in the morning.
-Speaks briefly to reporters outside the Grove Park Inn, en route to the
12 Bones Smokehouse, where he greets diners and gets take out lunch.

Tues. October 7, 2008
       Arrives in Nashville in the afternoon.
-Town hall presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.
-Brief appearance at a dessert reception fundraiser at the home of former Vice President Al Gore in the Belle Meade neighborhood of Nashville, TN. ($)

Wed. October 8, 2008
-Change We Need rally at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, IN.

Thurs. October 9, 2008
"American Jobs Tour"
-Rally at Fifth Third Field (home of the Dayton Dragons) in Dayton, OH.
-Rally at Ault Park Pavilion‎ in Cincinnati, OH.
-Stops at the Fireside Restaurant, greets diners, has some pie, and gets food to go, in Georgetown, OH.
-Rally at Shawnee State University, Alumni Green in Portsmouth, OH.

 Fri. October 10, 2008
"American Jobs Tour"
-Rally at Ross County Courthouse in Chillicothe, OH.

-Rally at Genoa Park in Columbus, OH.
-Unannounced appearance at a GOTV training session for hundreds of campaign organizers in the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH.
-Fundraising reception at the Sheraton City Center in Philadelphia, PA. ($)
-Fundraising dinner at the home of Comcast executive vice president David L. Cohen in Mount Airy, PA. ($)

Sat. October 11, 2008
Four rallies in Philadelphia, PA:
-Change We Need rally at Progress Plaza.
-Change We Need rally at Mayfair Diner.
-Change We Need rally at Vernon Park.
-Change We Need rally at the Intersection of South 52nd Street and Locust Street.
Addresses the National Women’s Leadership Issues Conference at the Sheraton Hotel in Chicago, IL. ($)

Sun. October 12, 2008
        Flight from Chicago to Toledo, OH.
Does door-to-door canvassing Shrewsbury Street in the Lincoln Green area of Holland, OH. of encounter with plumber Joe Wurzelbacher
Arrives at Maumee Bay State Park Lodge, for debate prep., in Oregon, OH.

Mon. October 13, 2008

-Debate prep. at Maumee Bay State Park Lodge in Oregon, OH.
-Afternoon rally at the SeaGate Convention Centre in Toledo, OH.

Tues. October 14, 2008
-Debate prep. at Maumee Bay State Park Lodge in Oregon, OH.
-In the morning
plays basketball at the Summit YMCA gym near downtown Toledo, OH.

-Greets workers during afternoon shift change at the Chrysler-Toledo Machining Plant in Perrysburg Township, OH.

Wed. October 15, 2008
Final Presidential Debate in the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

Thurs. October 16, 2008
-Finance breakfast at
The Metropolitan Club in New York, NY. ($)
-Community gathering at Mack’s Apples in Londonderry, NH.

-Speaks, along with Sen. John McCain, at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, NY.

-Fundraising concert with Bruce Springstein and Billy Joel at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, NY. ($)

Fri. October 17, 2008
-Change We Need rally at The Coliseum at Roanoke Civic Center in Roanoke, VA.
-Unannounced stop at the Total Elegance Salon in Roanoke, VA.

Sat. October 18, 2008

-Change We Need rally under the Gateway Arch at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, MO.
-Unannounced stop at the Obama campaign office in Kansas City, MO, where he greets volunteers and speaks to voters on the phone.

-Change We Need rally at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial  in Kansas City, MO.

Sun. October 19, 2008

-At the Hampton Inn in Dunn, NC.

-Stops at Cape Fear BBQ and Chicken in Fayetteville, NC.
-Change We Need rally at Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, NC.

Mon. October 20, 2008
-"Early Vote for Change" rally at Steinbrenner Field (formerly Legends Field) in Tampa, FL.
-"Early Vote for Change" rally with Hillary Clinton at Amway Arena North Staircase in Orlando, FL.

Tues. October 21, 2008
-Growing American Jobs Summit at Palm Beach Community College, Elisabeth W. Erling Gymnasium in Lake Worth, FL.
-Unannounced stop at the Neighborhood Unisex Salon and at his campaign field office next door, in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
-Stop for food
(whitefish salad, bagels and cookies) at the Deli Den in Hollywood, FL.
-"Early Vote for Change" rally at Bicentennial Park in Miami, FL.
appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Wed. October 22, 2008
-Meets with his Senior Working Group on National Security in Richmond, VA.
-Change We Need rally at Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, VA.
-Change We Need rally at Ida Lee Park, Festival Field in Leesburg, VA.

Thurs. October 23, 2008
-"Early Vote for Change" rally at the American Legion Mall in Indianapolis, IN.
-event in the Des Moines area, IA. announced Oct. 20...cancels schedule for Thursday and Friday in order to visit with his ailing grandmother, Madelyn Dunham.

Fri. October 24, 2008
-events in OH.
-Visits with his ailing grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, in Honolulu, HI.

Sat. October 25, 2008
-"Early Vote for Change" rally at Peccole Stadium, University of Nevada in Reno, NV.
-"Early Vote for Change" rally at Bonanza High School, Judy K. Cameron Stadium in Las Vegas, NV.
-"Early Vote for Change" rally at University of New Mexico, Johnson Field in Albuquerque, NM.

Sun. October 26, 2008
-"Early Vote for Change" rally at Civic Center Park in Denver, CO.
-"Early Vote for Change" rally at the Oval on the Colorado State University Campus in Fort Collins, CO.
-Thanks volunteers and staff at the campaign's field office in Brighton, CO.

Mon. October 27, 2008
-Closing argument speech at Canton Memorial Civic Center in Canton, OH.

-Change We Need rally at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, PA.

Tues. October 28, 2008
-Change We Need rally in the rain at Widener University, Main Quad in Chester, PA.

-Change We Need rally at James Madison University, Convocation Center in Harrisonburg, VA.
-Change We Need rally at Harbor Park in Norfolk, VA.

Wed. October 29, 2008
-Early Vote for Change rally at Halifax Mall, Government Complex in Raleigh, NC.
-Early Vote for Change rally with Joe Biden at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, FL.*
       30-minute infomercial ran this evening and cut to the rally in Sunrise for the last couple of minutes.
-Early Vote for Change rally with President Clinton at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, FL.

Thurs. October 30, 2008
-Early Vote for Change rally at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, FL.

-Buys three pumpkins from a pumpkin patch at the First United Methodist Church in Sarasota, FL.
-Change We Need rally at Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA.

-Change We Need rally at University of Missouri, Mel Carnahan Quad in Columbia, MO.

Fri. October 31, 2008
-Change We Need rally at Western Gateway Park (between 12th St. and 13th St., Grand Ave. and Locust St.) in Des Moines, IA.
-Trick or treating with his daughters in their neighborhood in Chicago, IL.
-Early Vote for Change rally at Wicker Memorial Park in Highland, IN.
        Overnight in Las Vegas, NV.

Sat. November 1, 2008

-Change We Need rally at Coronado High School football field in Henderson, NV.
-Change We Need rally with Michelle Obama in the Union Avenue Historic District, intersection of S. Union Avenue and D Street, in Pueblo, CO.
-Change We Need rally with Michelle Obama at Parkview High School, JFK Stadium in Springfield, MO.

Sun. November 2, 2008
-Change We Need rally with Michelle Obama at the Ohio Statehouse, West Plaza in Columbus, OH.
-Change We Need rally with Michelle Obama and special guest Bruce Springsteen at Malls A, B, and C, Lakeside Ave. in Cleveland, OH.
-Change We Need rally at Nippert Stadium, University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH.
       Late night flight to Jacksonville, FL and overnight there.

Mon. November 3, 2008
-Change We Need rally at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL.
-Change We Need rally at University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Hayes Recreation Fields in Charlotte, NC.

-Change We Need rally at Prince William County Fairgrounds in Manassas, VA.

Tues. November 4, 2008...Election Day
-Accompanied by his wife, Michelle, and daughters Sasha and Malia, Obama votes at Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School in Chicago, IL.
Makes calls from United Auto Workers Local 550 call center in Indianapolis, IN.
-Participates in the election night event at Hutchinson Field in Grant Park in Chicago, IL.


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