And so begins what President Barack Obama has dubbed the two-day “fly-around, campaign marathon extravaganza.”
Obama launched his final sprint to Election Day with an eight-state blitz across the country, stopping for rallies, meet-and-greets with supporters and an appearance on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno.
First stop: Iowa, the state that propelled his longshot candidacy in the 2008 Democratic primaries.
After flying from Washington this morning for a Davenport rally, the president dined with three campaign volunteers at Antonella”s Pizzeria in downtown. Vicki Felger, Marcia Teshak and Deb Willaredt were all shocked when the president began rattling off information about them, showing he read his briefing books.
“I tell you, I do my homework before I sit down. I am not going to just show up. You guys know everything about me,” he said smiling.
With early voting taking place in all the battleground states Obama is visiting, he’s using the next two days to try to recapture momentum, organize supporters and get them to the polls. At the Davenport rally, the 3,500 supporters there all had early voting locations on the backs of their tickets.
Polls show the president with a slight lead in the state where he won by 10 points in 2008 and voters have been casting ballots since Sept. 27.
Later today, Obama will also visit Denver, Colorado, and Las Vegas, Nevada, where singer Katy Perry will perform.
In between, he’ll hop over to Los Angeles for a taping with Jay Leno. No time for placing any bets on his election odds — after Vegas, he’ll fly overnight to Tampa, Florida, for a morning rally and later Thursday hit Richmond, Virginia, making a detour tomorrow to Chicago to cast his own early ballot and end the day in Ohio.