Travels of President Barack Obama—October 2012

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

Highlights of the month, in between all the trips to battleground states, were the three presidential debates on Oct. 3, 16 and 22.  President Obama did his final finance event of the campaign on Oct. 11.  He began the frenetic finish to the campaign with a two-day, non-stop “America Forward!” tour on Oct. 24-25.  Hurricane Sandy forced Obama off the campaign trail for the final three days of the month as he returned to DC to "closely monitor the impact of and response to the hurricane."



Henderson, NV

Henderson, NV

Denver, CO

Denver, CO
Madison, WI

Fairfax Co., VA
Cleveland, OH


Los Angeles, CA

Keene, CA
San Francisco, CA

Columbus, OH


Coral Gables/Miami, FL


Williamsburg, VA

Williamsburg, VA

Williamsburg, VA

Hempstead, NY

Mount Vernon, IA
Athens, OH

Manchester, NH
New York, NY

Fairfax, VA
Camp David, MD

Camp David, MD

Camp David, MD

Boca Raton, FL

Delray Beach, FL
*Dayton, OH

Davenport, IA
Denver, CO
Burbank, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Tampa, FL
Richmond, VA
Chicago, IL
Cleveland, OH

Nashua, NH

Orlando, FL

Orlando, FL
Youngstown, OH
Prince William Co., VA   DC
Colorado Springs, CO  
Green Bay, WI
Cincinnati, OH
Akron, OH
Atlantic City, NJ

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.


Mon Oct. 1, 2012
-Debate prep. at the Lake Las Vegas Resort in Henderson, NV.
    OTR takes a break, delivers six pizzas to campaign volunteers, makes brief remarks, and makes some calls at the OFA office on Horizon Ridge Parkway in Henderson, NV.

Tue. Oct. 2, 2012
-Debate prep. at the Lake Las Vegas Resort in Henderson, NV.
    OTR motorcade to Boulder City, NV takes a short tour of Hoover Dam.

Wed. Oct.. 3, 2012

    In the afternoon does a walkthrough of the debate venue.
-First presidential debate at University of Denver in Denver, CO.

Thurs. Oct. 4, 2012

-Grassroots event at Sloan's Lake Park in Denver, CO.
-Grassroots event in Columbus, OH (rescheduled for Oct. 9).  Grassroots event at Bascom Mall on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI (crowd estimate of 30,000; biggest rally of the campaign to date).
Returns to Washington, DC.

Fri. Oct. 5, 2012

-Grassroots event at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.
-Grassroots event at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, OH.
    OTR at West Side Market, buys some goods at at Michelle's Bakery, greets people and owners of nearby businesses, also purchases smokies and jerky, in Cleveland, OH.
Returns to Washington, DC.

Sat. Oct. 6, 2012

DC, no public events.  Celebrates 20 wedding anniversary with Michelle at Bourbon Steak restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown.

Sun. Oct. 7, 2012
Flight to Los Angeles, CA.
-Fundraiser at the home of DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg in Los Angeles, CA (a dozen attendees). ($)
-"30 Days to Victory Concert" fundraiser at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, CA (6,000 people). ($)  Note: after this event Obama met with the two winners of the "Meet Two Presidents" contest, Vicki Moore of Matthews, NC and Linda Romans-Hnath from Broadview Heights, OH.
-Fundraiser in the WP24 restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton in Los Angeles, CA (120-150 people, $25,000 per person). ($)
Overnight in Los Angeles, CA.

Mon. Oct. 8, 2012
Flight from LAX to Bakersfield Meadows Field Airport.
-At the César E. Chávez National Monument tours the Memorial Garden and delivers remarks at Villa La Paz announcing establishment of the monument, in Keene, CA.
Flight from Bakersfield Meadows Field Airport to San Francisco.
-Fundraiser at The InterContinental San Francisco in San Francisco, CA (25 people, $40,000 per person). ($)
-Fundraisering dinner at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA (100 people, $20,000 per person). ($)
-Fundraising concert (John Legend and Michael Franti) at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA (6,000 people, $200 per person). ($)
Overnight in San Francisco, CA.

Tues. Oct. 9, 2012
-Grassroots event at The Ohio State University Oval in Columbus, OH.
Returns to Washington, DC.

Wed. Oct. 10, 2012

Thurs. Oct. 11, 2012
-Grassroots event at the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.
-"Estamos Unido/We are One” fundraiser at the J.W. Marriott in Miami, FL (700 people, $500 per person). ($)  ...this was his final finance event [ABC News' Devin Dwyer reported Obama "top[ped] 222 re-election fundraisers since announcing his bid for a second term in April 2011."]
Watches vice presidential debate on Air Force One flight to Joint Base Andrews.

Fri. Oct. 12, 2012
DC. -Joins the three winners of the final “Dinner with Barack” fundraising contest for dinner at the Smith Commons Dining Room and Public House: Kimberley Cathey of Greensboro, NC and husband Ron; Mario Orosa of North Canton and wife Deidra; and Joe Laliberte of Colorado Springs, CO and mother Patti.

Sat. Oct. 13, 2012

Flight to Newport News.
Debate prep. at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, VA.

Sun. Oct. 14, 2012
Debate prep. at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, VA.
    OTR visits OFA office, brings four pizza boxes and makes calls in Williamsburg, VA.

Mon. Oct. 15, 2012
Debate prep. at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, VA.

Tues. Oct. 16, 2012
Flight from Newport News International Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport.  Does a walkthrough.
-Second presidential debate (town meeting) at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.
Returns to Washington, DC.

Wed. Oct. 17, 2012
Departs Washington, DC.
Grassroots event at Armstrong Hall Lawn at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA.
Flight from Eastern Iowa Airport to Rickenbacker International Airport.
-Grassroots event at the College Green at Ohio University in Athens, OH.
Returns to Washington, DC.

Thurs. Oct. 18, 2012

-Grassroots event at Veterans Memorial Park in Manchester, NH.
-Tapes an appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” in New York, NY.
-Campaign event, closed press.
-Obama and Romney address the 67th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at The Waldorf-Astoria in New York, NY. (+)
Returns to Washington, DC.

Fri. Oct. 19, 2012
-Campaign event at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.
To Camp David, MD.

Sat. Oct. 20, 2012
Debate prep. at Camp David, MD.

Sun. Oct. 21, 2012
Debate prep. at Camp David, MD.

Mon. Oct. 22, 2012
Departs from Camp David; flight from Joint Base Andrews to Palm Beach International Airport.
-Third presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL.
Overnight in Boca Raton, FL.

Tues. Oct. 23, 2012 

-Grassroots event at the Delray Beach Tennis Center in Delray Beach, FL.
*President Obama and Vice-President Biden hold a grassroots event at Triangle Park in Dayton, OH.
Returns to Washington, DC.

Wed. Oct. 24, 2012
Two-day, non-stop “America Forward!” tour:
Departs Washington, DC.
-Grassroots event at The Quad at the The Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, IA.
    OTR lunch with three campaign volunteers at Antonella's Pizzeria in Davenport, IA.
-Grassroots event at The Meadow at City Park in Denver, CO.
-Tapes an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in Burbank, CA.
-Grassroots event at Doolittle Park in Las Vegas, NV.
    OTR stop by the employee cafeteria in the basement of The Bellagio Hotel and Casino, greets workers, in Las Vegas, NV.
Flight to Tampa, FL, arriving at 6:43 a.m.
Thurs. Oct. 25, 2012

    OTR stop at Krispy Kreme Donuts where he greets customers and staff, picks up donuts, in Tampa, FL.
    OTR drops of the donuts at Fire Station 14 in Tampa, FL.
-Grassroots event at Ybor Centennial Park in Tampa, FL.
-Grassroots event at The Carillon at Byrd Park in Richmond, VA.
-President Obama votes early at the Martin Luther King Community Center in Chicago, IL.
    OTR stop by a local OFA office, greets volunteers and staffers, calls a campaign volunteer in Iowa, in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, IL.
-Tarmac event at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, OH.
Returns to Washington, DC.

Fri. Oct. 26, 2012
DC including a couple of Oval Office interviews, MTV special, and trip to DNC headquarters.

Sat. Oct. 27, 2012
    OTR greets crowd at Teamsters Local 633 in Manchester, NH.
-Grassroots event at Elm Street Middle School in Nashua, NH.
    OTR stop at the Common Man, greets patrons and buys a round of beers, in Merrimack, NH.
Returns to Washington, DC.

Sun. Oct. 28, 2012
Evening flight Washington, DC to Orlando, FL; overnight in Orlando, FL.

    OTR brings pizzas, speaks to volunteers and staff, makes a few calls at the OFA-FL field office (1516 E. Colonial Dr., Suite 203) in Orlando, FL.

Mon. Oct. 29, 2012
Returns to DC. 
...decision to forego the Orlando event and return to DC announced on the morning of Oct. monitor Hurricane Sandy.
-Grassroots event with former President Bill Clinton at Memory Mall at The University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL.(Clinton)
...the WH press secretary announced cancelation of the VA and CO events on Oct. monitor Hurricane Sandy.
-Grassroots event with former President Bill Clinton at Covelli Centre in Youngstown, OH.(Biden and Clinton)
-Grassroots event with former President Bill Clinton in Prince William County, VA.
DC ..."closely monitor the impact of and response to the hurricane."

Tues. Oct. 30. 2012
-Grassroots event at the Red Rock Canyon Open Space in Colorado Springs, COcancelation announced Oct. 27
-Grassroots event at the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena in Green Bay, WIcancelation announced Oct. 29
Overnight in Ohio.

DC ..."closely monitor the impact of and response to the hurricane."

Wed. Oct. 31, 2012

-Grassroots event at Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, OH
-Grassroots event at the James A. Rhodes Arena, "The JAR"at the University of Akron in Akron, OHcancelation announced Oct. 30
-With Gov. Christie views storm damage, talks with citizens who are recovering from the storm, and thanks first responders (helicopter tour with Gov. Christie; meets residents at the Brigantine Beach Community Center in Brigantine, NJ; visits the North Point Marina in Brigantine, NJ) in Atlantic City, NJ.
Returns to DC.