The Travels of Senator Barack Obama -- July 2008

Zanesville, OH

Colorado Springs, CO

Fargo, ND
Butte, MT

Butte, MT

Butte, MT
St. Louis, MO

Chicago, IL

(St. Louis, MO)
Atlanta, GA

Powder Springs, GA
Washington, DC

Washington, DC
New York, NY

New York, NY
Fairfax, VA

Dayton, OH
Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL
San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA
Newport Beach, CA

Cincinnati, OH

Washington, DC

West Lafayette, IN

Chicago, IL
Washington, DC










Chicago, IL

Washington, DC
Arlington, VA

Washington, DC

bus tour...
Springfield, MO
Lebanon, MO
Rolla, MO
Union, MO
Cedar Rapids, IA
Houston, TX

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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.
Tues. July 1, 2008
-Tours and makes remarks on a new President’s Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Eastside Community Ministry in Zanesville, OH.

Wed. July 2, 2008
-Speech on a new era of service at the Lions Den Gym at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, CO.
-Speaks via satellite to the United Steelworkers Annual Conference.
-Tours and is briefed on the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) at Peterson Air Force Base, CO.  (official Senate visit)
-Meetings at the U.S. Air Force Academy, CO.  (official Senate visit)
-Finance event at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO. ($)

Thurs. July 3, 2008
-Town hall meeting with veterans at The Children's Museum at Yunker Farm in Fargo, ND.
-Obama and family view fireworks from private home overlooking Butte, MT.

Fri. July 4, 2008
Butte, MT:
-Obama and family attend an Independence Day Parade at the Butte Civic Center.
-Obama and family host a picnic (plus 10th birthday celebration for daughter Malia) at Practice Athletic Field South of HPER Building at Montana Tech of the University of Montana.
-Obama and family do interviews including People and Essence magazines and "Access Hollywood."
-Film shoot with Davis Guggenheim at Clark Chateau Museum.

Sat. July 5, 2008

-Speaks via satellite to the National Education Association’s Representative Assembly from Butte, MT.
-Speaks at the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s 48th Quadrennial Session General Conference 2008 at America’s Center in St. Louis, MO.

Sun. July 6, 2008
Chicago, IL no public events.

Mon. July 7, 2008
Planned discussion on economic security for America’s families at James Martin Middle School in Charlotte, NC canceled after Obama’s flight from Chicago Midway made a precautionary landing at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis, MO.  Obama spoke to the audience by phone.
-Fundraiser at 103 West (a private dining destination, part of the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group) in Atlanta, GA. ($)
-Fundraiser at the home of Donna and Michael Coles (he is
CEO of Caribou Coffee) in Atlanta, GA.  ($)

Tues. July 8, 2008
-Town hall at John McEachern High School’s Paul A. Lovinggood Gymnasium in Powder Springs, GA.
-Speech to LULAC National Convention at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC.
-Fundraiser at Sharon and Jay Rockefeller's mansion in Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC. ($)
-Fundraiser at hotel Conn. Ave. and Woodley Park in Washington, DC. ($)

Wed. July 9, 2008
Washington, DC no public events.  Senate votes and visited office of Eric Holder, a member of his vice presidential search committee, "for more than two hours."
-Fundraiser at the Grand Hyatt in New York, NY. ($)
-Fundraiser with Sen. Clinton hosted by Barbaralee Diamonstein and Carl Spielvogel at the Loews Regency in New York, NY. ($)

Thurs. July 10, 2008
-Women for Obama finance breakfast with Sen. Clinton at Hilton Towers in New York, NY. ($)
-"Economic Security for America's Women" town hall at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, VA.

Fri. July 11, 2008
-"A Secure Energy Future" town hall at Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton, OH.
-Fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, IL. ($)  
-Fundraiser at
Park West (a club) in Chicago, IL. ($)

Sat. July 12, 2008
Chicago, IL and San Diego, CA no public events.  (Note: The Associated Press reports he went to the movie "WALL-E" with his daughters).

Sun. July 13, 2008
-Addresses American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Convention live via satellite from San Diego, CA.
at El Cortez in San Diego, CA. ($)
Speech at the 2008 National Council of La Raza Annual Conference at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.

-Fundraiser at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach, CA. ($) 

Mon. July 14, 2008
-Addresses the 99th Annual NAACP Convention at Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, OH.

Tues. July 15, 2008
Major foreign policy address on Iraq and American national security at
the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

Wed. July 16, 2008
-Holds Summit on Confronting 21st Century Threats at the Purdue University Memorial Building in West Lafayette, IN.

Thurs. July 17, 2008
        Chicago Midway to Reagan National Airport; motorcade to Andrews Air Force Base. 
Starts week-long trip to Middle East and Europe.  The first part of the trip in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq, accompanied by
Sens. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Chuck Hagel (R-NE), was as a member of an official congressional delegation; that ended in Jordan and thereafter it was a campaign trip.

Fri. July 18, 2008
Visits with troops and meets with officers during a roughly two-hour stop at Camp Arifjan, the main U.S. military base in KUWAIT.

Sat. July 19, 2008
Arrives at the airport in Kabul, AFGHANISTAN around noon local time.
-Briefing at Bagram Air Base.
-By helicopter to Jalalabad in Nangahar province, meets with U.S. soldiers and local leaders at Jalalabad Air Field.
-Helicopter tour of eastern Afghanistan.
-Dinner with senior Afghan officials in Kabul.

Sun. July 20, 2008
-Breakfast with troops at Camp Eggers in Kabul.
-Working lunch with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other top officials at the presidential palace in Kabul.

-Received by the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah at his Dar Salwa residence, holds discussions with the Emir and officials, followed by a banquet.

Mon. July 21, 2008
-Meets with soldiers and officials at a base outside of Basra.
        Arrives at Baghdad International Airport.
-Flight by Blackhawk helicopter with Gen.
David Petraeus to the Green Zone.
-Meets with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, and Iraqi officials at the prime minister’s residence in the Green Zone.
-Meets with Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi at his home in the Green Zone.
-Meets with
Gen. David Petraeus and Amb. Ryan Crocker.

Tues. July 22, 2008
Breakfast with U.S. Army soldiers at the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad.
-Meets with Sunni tribal leaders (Awakening Councils) at the governor's headquarters in Ramadi.
        Arrives at Marka Airport in Amman, JORDAN. 
-News conference with Sens. Reed and Hagel at the Amman Citadel.
-Meets one-on-one with King Abdullah, followed by dinner at Abdullah's Beit Al Urdan palace including Reed and Hagel; then Abdullah drives Obama to the airport in his Mercedes 600.
       Arrives at Ben-Gurion Airport in ISRAEL, to the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.

Wed. July 23, 2008
ISRAEL and the West Bank:
-Breakfast with Defense Minister Ehud Barak at the King David Hotel.
-Meets with
Likud Party Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu at the King David Hotel.
-Visits the Holocaust History Museum at Yad Vashem.
-Meets with Israeli President Shimon Peres at at Beit HaNasi (President's Residence)
in Jerusalem.
-Meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad at the Muqata (president's compound)
in Ramallah.
-Helicopter tour of Jerusalem and Israel/West Bank, then tours the town of Sderot, followed by Sderot news conference with stacks of rocket shells in the background.
-Meets the Mayor of Jerusalem
Rabbi Uri Lupoliansky and two victims of recent terrorist attack at the King David Hotel.
-Dinner with Prime Minister Olmert at his residence in Jerusalem.

Thurs. July 24, 2008
-Prays at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.
       Arrives at Tegel Airport in Berlin, GERMANY.
-Meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the chancellery in Berlin.
...break at the Hotel Adlon, where he is staying in Berlin.
-Meets with Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin.
-Meets with Berlin Mayor
Klaus Wowereit at the Hotel Adlon in Berlin. out at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Berlin.

-Major speech on the U.S.-German partnership and the need to strengthen Transatlantic relations in front of the Siegessäule (Victory Column) at the Grosser Stern in Tiergarten Park in Berlin.

Fri. July 25, 2008
-Visit to Rammstein and Landstuhl US military bases in the southwest Germany.canceled Thursday afternoon. " would be inappropriate to make a stop to visit troops at a U.S. military facility as part of a trip funded by the campaign."-spokesman Robert Gibbs.
       Arrives as Le Bourget Airport in Paris, FRANCE.

-Meets with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace in Paris, followed by a joint press conference.
       Arrives at Heathrow Airport in London, ENGLAND, to the
Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill.

Sat. July 26, 2008
-Breakfast meeting with Middle East envoy former Prime Minister Tony Blair at the Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill.
-Meets with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at 10 Downing Street, including a walk in nearby Horseguards Parade, followed by solo press conference in front of 10 Downing Street, in London.
-Meets with Conservative Party leader David Cameron at the Houses of Parliament in London.
       Returns to the United States.

Sun. July 27, 2008
Speech at UNITY: Journalists of Color quadrennial convention in Chicago, IL.

Mon. July 28, 2008
-Meeting with economic experts and advisors at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.
Visits office of Eric Holder, a member of his vice presidential search committee, in downtown Washington, DC (for "almost three hours" or "nearly two hours").
-Fundraising event
home of Art and Sela Collins in Arlington, VA. ($)

Tues. July 29, 2008
Private meetings in Washington, DC:
-Meets with women leaders
at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.
-Meets with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani at the Willard Hotel.
-Fundraising reception with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community at the Mayflower Hotel. ($)
-Meets with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke at the Federal Reserve.

-Visits office of Eric Holder, a member of his vice presidential search committee, in downtown (for about two-and-a-half hours according to NBC/NJ).
-Addresses the House Democratic Caucus at its weekly strategy meeting in Cannon House Office Building. 

Wed. July 30, 2008
...bus tour in Southwestern Missouri w/ Sen. Claire McCaskill
-Economic Security town hall at Glendale High School in Springfield, MO.
-Unscheduled stop, greets diners at Bell Restaurant in Lebanon, MO.
-Economic Security town hall in the Student Recreation Center at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO.
-Barbecue at Union City Park in Union, MO.

Thurs. July 31, 2008
(Obama originally planned to stop in Cedar Rapids on June 11 stop but canceled that visit due to flooding).
-Discussion with a small group of flood victims at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, IA.
-Economic security town hall meeting in the Moray L. Eby Field House at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA. 
-Addresses AFSCME convention live via satellite from Cedar Rapids, IA.
-Fundraiser at the home of trial lawyer Richard Mithoff and his wife Ginni in the River Oaks community in Houston, TX. ($)
-Fundraiser at the home of eCorp CEO John Thrash and his wife Becca Cason Thrash in Houston, TX. ($)

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