Travels of President Barack Obama—June 2012

President Barack Obama  First Lady Michelle Obama   Vice President Joe Biden  ||  Former Gov. Mitt Romney

June got off to a rough start for President Obama, beginning the with flat May unemployment numbers.  On June 5 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker handily survived the recall election; Obama did not campaign with the Democratic nominee Tom Barrett, and indeed only managed a Tweet in support of him.  On June 8 Obama made a remark that the private sector "is doing fine," which Romney and the Republicans quickly seized upon.  A Democracy Corps memo (>) from June 11 warned Democrats that, "We will face an impossible headwind in November if we do not move to a new narrative, one that contextualizes the recovery but, more importantly, focuses on what we will do to make a better future for the middle class."  There was an uptick in talk that the president could be defeated.  On June 14 Obama delivered a speech on the economy in Cleveland to mixed reviews (+).  Obama's announcement on June 15 of deferred action on deportations for qualifying young illegal immigrants was a major story (+).  A week later, and the day after Mitt Romney, he addressed the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials at their annual conference in Orlando.  The biggest story of the month came on June 28, when the Supreme Court issued its ruling on the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare.  Obama made stops in a handful of battleground states (NV, PA, OH, FL, NH and CO).  Also of note, on June 11 he did a series of eight "Live from the White House" interviews with local TV anchors from mostly swing states.  During the month of June, Obama markedly stepped up his fundraising pace, doing an average of more than one fundraiser a day.




Golden Valley, MN
Minneapolis, MN
Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL
Camp David, MD


New York, NY


San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA
Las Vegas, NV





Baltimore, MD
Philadelphia, PA


Cleveland, OH
New York, NY

Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL





Orlando, FL
Tampa, FL



Durham, NH
Boston, MA

Atlanta, GA
Miami Beach, FL


Bethesda, MD

Colorado Springs, CO

Camp David, MD

Note: This calendar is based on publicly available information from the White House, the campaign and news accounts.  The focus is on travel both campaign-related and official; President Obama's myriad in-town meetings and activities are not listed here with the exception of campaign appearances.  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.

Fri. June 1, 2012
-Tours and makes remarks on "To Do List" (veterans jobs) at Honeywell International facility in Golden Valley, MN.
-Three fundraisers—luncheon (100 people, $5,000 per person) and two small campaign roundtables ($40,000 and $50,000 per person)—at the Bachelor Farmer Restaurant in Minneapolis, MN. (3$)
-Fundraiser at the Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago, IL (350 people, $2,500 per person). ($)
-Fundraiser at the home of attorney Chaka Patterson in the South Loop area, Chicago, IL (about 50 people). ($)
-Fundraiser at the home of Jim Crown, president of Henry Crown and Company (investment company), and Paula Crown in the Gold Coast neighborhood, Chicago, IL (about 50 people/$35,800 per person). ($)
Overnight at his home in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, IL (first time since April 2011).

Sat. June 2, 2012
-In his Hyde Park neighborhood Obama and Valerie Jarrett walk about four blocks to the home of his friend Marty Nesbitt for a visit, in Chicago, IL.
Overnight at Camp David, MD.

Sun. June 3, 2012.

Mon. June 4, 2012
Three fundraisers with former President Bill Clinton in New York, NY—
-Reception at the home of Marc Lasry, billionaire founder of Avenue Capital Group (a hedge fund) (40-50 people, $40,000 per person). ($)
-Gala fundraising dinner and performance by Jon Bon Jovi, at the Waldorf Astoria (500 people, $2,500 per person). ($)
-"Barack on Broadway" fundraiser at The New Amsterdam Theater (1,700 people, $250 per person). ($)
returns to DC.

Tues. June 5, 2012

Wed. June 6, 2012
-Fundraising roundtable on 11th Floor at Landmark at One Market Plaza in San Francisco, CA. ($)
-Fundraising luncheon at the Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange in San Francisco, CA (270 people, $5,000 per person). ($)
-LGBT Leadership Council 2012 Gala Reception fundraiser (planned performance by Pink cancelled due to medical reasons; Darren Criss to fill in) at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA (600 people). ($)
-Fundraising dinner at the home of Glee creator Ryan Murphy and his fiancé, photographer David Miller in Beverly Hills, CA (70 people). ($)
Overnight in Los Angeles, CA.

Thurs. June 7, 2012

-Unannounced breakfast meeting with young Hollywood stars at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.
-Fundraising breakfast at the home of builder/developer Charles Quarles (president of The Bedford Group) and his wife JoAnn in View Park area of Los Angeles, CA (300 people, $2,500 per person). ($)
-Remarks on interest rates for student loans ("To Do List" item) at the UNLV in Las Vegas, NV.

Fri. June 8, 2012
-Fundraiser at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC (20 people, $40,000 per person). ($)

Sat. June 9, 2012
DC, no public events.

Sun. June 10, 2012
DC, no public events.

Mon. June 11, 2012

Tues. June 12, 2012
-Fundraising lunch at the home of Genine and Josh Fidler (venture capital Boulder Ventures, Ltd. and real estate Chesapeake Realty Partners) in Owings Mills (Baltimore), MD (100 people). ($)
-Two fundraising events at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore, MD. (2$) 
Events at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA
-Unannounced speaks briefly to graduating seniors from the Science Leadership Academy.
-Fundraising roundtable (25 people, $40,000 per person). ($)
-Fundraising reception (500 people, $250 per person). ($)
-Fundraising dinner in the planetarium (75 people, $10,000 per person). ($)
Note: According to the tally kept by CBS News' Mark Knoller the six fundraising events brought President Obama's total for his re-election campaign to 160.

Wed. June 13, 2012
-Fundraiser at the W Hotel in Washington, DC (25 people, $40,000 per person). ($)

Thurs. June 14, 2012
-Campaign event (remarks on the economy) at the Tri-C recreation center at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, OH. (+)
-Unnanounced brief stop at the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland on the way to the airport.
 -With the First Lady visits the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's One World Trade Center (22nd Floor), receives briefing on construction progress, greets workers, signs beam.
With the First Lady does two fundraisers in New York, NY—
-Dinner at actress Sarah Jessica Parker's home (50 people, $40,000 per person). ($)
-Concert featuring Mariah Carey at the Plaza Hotel (250 people, $10,000 per person). ($)

Fri. June 15, 2012
DC (including lunch at Lincoln Restaurant with winners of "Lunch with Barack" campaign contest).
Overnight in Chicago, IL.

Sat. June 16, 2012
Chicago, no public events.

Sun. June 17, 2012
Chicago, no public events.
Note: According to CBS News' Mark Knoller, President Obama played his 100th round of golf since taking office, at the Beverly Country Club.
evening flight to Los Cabos, Mexico

Mon. June 18, 2012
MEXICO for G-20 Summit.

Tues. June 19, 2012
MEXICO for G-20 Summit.

Wed. June 20, 2012
DC, no public events.

Thurs, June 21, 2012

Fri. June 22, 2012
-Delivers remarks to the NALEO Annual Conference at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), FL.
-Campaign event at Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry Campus in Tampa, FL.
-Attends a small fundraiser at the Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry Campus in Tampa, FL (25 people/$20,000 per person). ($)
Returns to DC.

Sat. June 23, 2012
DC, no public events.

Sun. June 24, 2012
DC, no public events.

Mon. June 25, 2012
-Campaign event at Oyster River High School in Durham, NH. 
-Impromptu stop at the UNH Dairy Bar, where he speaks to patrons and buys ice cream for them, in Durham, NH.
-Campaign roundtable hosted by Jack Connors at Hamersley’s Bistro in Boston, MA (25 people, $40,000 per person). ($)
-Fundraising reception at Symphony Hall in Boston, MA. ($)
-Fundraising dinner at the home of Judith and Douglas Krupp (co-founder of the Berkshire Group, real estate) in Weston, MA. ($)
Overnight in Boston, MA.

Tues. June 26, 2012
-Fundraising reception (500 people, $500 per person) and campaign roundtable (20 people, $35,000 per person) at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta, GA. (2$)
-Fundraising dinner at the home of Abigail and F.J. Pollak in Miami Beach, FL (30 people, $40,000 per person). ($)
-Fundraising reception, concert with Marc Anthony at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach, FL (1,500 people, $100 per person). ($)

Wed. June 27, 2012
-Fundraiser at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC. ($)

Thurs. June 28, 2012
-DC; also visits with wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

Fri. June 29, 2012
-Views damage from wildfires and thanks first responders in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood, at Fire Station Number 9, and a stop at a YMCA shelter in Colorado Springs, CO.
Returns to DC.

Sat. June 30, 2012
-Leaves for Camp David, MD.