Travels of President Barack Obama—September 2012

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






Urbandale, IA
Sioux City, IA
(Westminster, CO)

Boulder, CO
(Toledo, OH)

Toledo, OH
New Orleans, LA

Norfolk, VA
[Convention in Charlotte]

Charlotte, NC
[Convention in Charlotte]

Charlotte, NC
[Convention in Charlotte]

*Portsmouth, NH
*Iowa City, IA
(St. Petersburg, FL)

Seminole, FL
Kissimmee, FL
(Orlando, FL)

Melbourne, FL
W. Palm Beach, FL



Las Vegas, NV
(Denver, CO)

Golden, CO




Columbus, OH
Cincinnati, OH

New York, NY


Miami, FL
Tampa, FL

Woodbridge, VA

Milwaukee, WI


New York, NY

New York, NY

Bowling Green, OH
Kent, OH

Virginia Beach, VA



Las Vegas, NV


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.


Sat. Sept. 1, 2012
-Campaign event at Living History Farms in Urbandale (Des Moines), IA.
    OTR at Bob Roe's Point After, greets patrons and gets a large pepperoni pizza, in Sioux City, IA.
-Campaign event at Morningside College in Sioux City, IA.
Overnight in Westminster, CO.

Sun. Sept. 2, 2012
    OTR at the Buff Restaurant, talks with patrons and breakfasts in Boulder, CO.
-Campaign event at the University of Colorado-Boulder, in Boulder, CO.
Overnight at the Toledo Hilton.

Mon. Sept. 3, 2012
-Remarks at UAW Labor Day Celebration at Scott High School in Toledo, OH.
-Remarks at the 11th Congressional District Community Caucus Labor Day Festival at Luke Easter Park in Cleveland, OH.cancelled to do Louisiana trip
-Meets with local officials and views ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Isaac, then delivers a statement to the press in Saint John the Baptist Parish (New Orleans), LA.

Tues. Sept. 4, 2012
-Campaign event at Madison Hall Quad at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA.
    OTR stop at Norfolk Fire State No. 14, talks with several fire fighters there and presents case of White House beer.

Wed. Sept. 5, 2012
Departs in afternoon arriving in Charlotte, NC at 2:40 p.m.
The President and First Lady meet with four Convention contest winners: Alfred Brukes of West Sacramento, CA and Grace Litano of Miami, FL (OFA), Laurie Ritchie of Centennial, CO (DNC) and Mitzi Gellman of Hickory, NC (Host Committee).
-Appears on stage with former President Bill Clinton after Clinton's speech, at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC.
Overnight in Charlotte, NC.

Thurs. Sept. 6, 2012
-1:30 p.m. conference call to people who held community credentials for the cancelled Bank of America Stadium final day.
-Delivers acceptance speech at at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC.
Overnight in Charlotte, NC.

Fri. Sept. 7, 2012
*The President, Vice President, First Lady and Dr. Biden do a campaign event at Strawberry Banke Field in Portsmouth, NH.
*The President, Vice President, First Lady and Dr. Biden do a campaign event at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.
Flight from Cedar Rapids to St. Petersburg; overnight in St. Petersburg, FL.

Sat. Sept. 8, 2012 Two day bus tour in Florida:
-Remarks at a campaign event at St. Petersburg College–Seminole Campus in Seminole, FL
    OTR stop, orders"five cubans" and greets patron at West Tampa Sandwich Shop in Tampa, FL.
-Remarks at a campaign event at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, FL.
    OTR stop at Gators Dockside, a sports bar in the Grand Oaks strip mall in Orlando, FL.
Overnight in Orlando, FL.

Sun. Sept. 9, 2012
    OTR stop, greets patrons outside, then sits down with two couples at Ossorio Bakery & Café in Cocoa, FL.
-Remarks at a campaign event at Charles & Ruth Clemente Center in Melbourne, FL.
    OTR stop, talks with and is lifted by owner, talks with patrons at Big Apple Pasta & Pizza Restaurant in Fort Pierce, FL.
    OTR stop, brings pizzas, greets volunteers and staff, makes several calls at the OFA field office in Port St Lucie, FL.
-Remarks at a campaign event at West Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, FL.
to Washington, DC.

Mon. Sept. 10, 2012
DC, no public events. 

Tues. Sept. 11, 2012
The President and the First Lady mark the anniversary of Sept. 11 with a moment of silence on the South Lawn and a visit to the Pentagon Memorial.  President Obama visits wounded soldiers at Walter Reed in Bethesda, MD.

Wed. Sept. 12, 2012
-Video conference with volunteer leaders across the country; grassroots event at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas, NV.
Overnight in Denver, CO.

Thurs. Sept. 13, 2012
    OTR works out in the gym at Fire Station #26 in the Stapleton neighborhood of Denver, CO.
-Grassroots event at Lions Park, Golden Community Center in Golden, CO.
Returns to DC.

Fri. Sept. 14, 2012
DC, including:
-Attends political meetings at the DNC in the afternoon for just under two hours.
-Fundraiser at a private residence "off 25th St. NW between L and M Sts." (35 people, $40,000 per person). ($)

Sat. Sept. 15, 2012
DC, no public events.

Sun. Sept. 16, 2012

DC, no public events.

Mon. Sept. 17, 2012
-Campaign event at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park in Cincinnati, OH.
-Campaign event at Schiller Park in Columbus, OH.
-Roundtable fundraiser at Schiller Park in Columbus, OH (25 people, $10,000 per person). ($)
    Unannounced stop, speaks to the Ohio AFL-CIO Convention at the Renaissance Columbus Hotel in Columbus, OH.
Returns to DC.

Tues. Sept. 18, 2012
-Tapes appearance on CBS’s “Late Show With David Letterman” at the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York, NY.
-Fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria in New York, NY. ($)
-Fundraiser hosted by Beyoncé and Jay-Z at the 40/40 Club in New York, NY (100 people, $40,000 per person). ($)
Returns to DC.

Wed. Sept. 19, 2012

Thurs. Sept. 20, 2012
-Univision News/Facebook "Meet the Candidates" event at the University of Miami BankUnited Center Fieldhouse in Coral Gables, FL. (+)
        -Roundtable with three first-time voters at OMG! Burgers in South Miami, FL.
-Fundraiser at the home of Donn Miggs, pop rock musician, and Lisa DeBartalo, daughter of former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. including performance by Eddie Vedder in Tampa, FL (85 people, $20,000 per person). ($)
Returns to DC.

Fri. Sept. 21, 2012
To Woodbridge, VA, makes remarks via satellite at the AARP Life@50+ National Event & Expo.
-Grassroots event at the G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, VA.
DC, attends political meetings for about two hours at the DNC.

Sat. Sept. 22, 2012
-Fundraiser and roundtable discussion at Milwaukee Theater in Milwaukee, WI. (2$)
    Unscheduled stop at Usingers Fine Sausage, orders a kielbasa, an Italian sausage and a hot sausage and given hot bratwurst sandwich from competing sausage company, in Milwaukee, WI.
-Grassroots event at Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds) in Milwaukee, WI.
Returns to DC.

Sun. Sept. 23, 2012
DC, no public events.

Mon. Sept. 24, 2012
-With Michelle tapes joint appearance on "The View" at ABC studios in New York, NY.
-With Michelle attends reception for visiting heads of state and government at the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, NY.
Overnight in New York.

Tues. Sept. 25, 2012
-Addresses the UN General Assembly in New York, NY.
-Addresses a session of the Clinton Global Initiative's 2012 annual meeting at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in New York, NY.
Returns to Washington, DC.

Wed. Sept. 26, 2012
-Grassroots event at Stroh Center - Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH.
-Grassroots event at the MAC Center at Kent State University in Kent, OH.
Returns to Washington, DC.

Thurs. Sept. 27, 2012
-Grassroots event at Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach in Virginia Beach, VA.

Fri. Sept. 28, 2012
DC including
-Fundraising reception at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC (700 people, $250 per person). ($)
-Fundraiser at home of Sen. Rockefeller in Washington, DC (80-90 people, $20,000 per person). ($)
-Fundraising reception at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC (200 people, $2,500 per person). ($)

Sat. Sept. 29, 2012
DC, no public events

Sun. Sept. 30, 2012 ...three days in Henderson, NV starting Sunday for debate prep.
-Evening grassroots event at Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas, NV.