President Barack Obama arrived in Chicago Sunday evening at O’Hare Airport to do some campaigning for two of the state’s Democratic politicians who are running in the Nov. 4 election to hold their jobs, according to Politico on Monday. First and foremost, Obama is trying to help Gov. Pat Quinn who has been battered in the state in recent times with extremely low approval numbers for a variety of issues including questions about his ethics regarding a program that allegedly helped him narrowly win his 2010 election and a temporary 67 percent tax hike that he is now trying to make permanent.
Also taking the stage at the city’s South Side Chicago State University on Sunday evening was Sen. Dick Durbin. Durbin has been the high-profile Illinois senator for the past 32 years and is fighting to get voters to approve of him for yet another term. While Durbin has a comfortable lead over Jim Oberweis, the state’s governor is in a very tight race with Republican businessman Bruce Rauner.
Obama did two campaign stops on Sunday. In Maryland earlier in the day, he was campaigning for Anthony Brown in that state’s governor’s race. There were media reports far and wide that persons streamed out of the venue as Obama spoke to the masses. In Chicago, in close proximity to Obama’s South Side home in the Kenwood neighborhood, there were no such reports from the gathering of some 6,200 persons. Of course, this is the area where Obama got his start as a community organizer back in the day and would still be expected to be popular. It appears the location was wisely chosen to get Chicago’s African-American support out for Quinn in the midterm election. Of course, according to many of Obama’s own party’s politicians outside of Chicago, his support at this point is much like the kiss of political death.
While in the Chicago spotlight, Obama said that he cares about what happens in Chicago, according to a Chicago Tribune report. He said that the first thing he is going to do on Monday is cast his vote to reelect Dick Durbin and give Pat Quinn four more years as governor. Early voting begins on Monday in the Land of Lincoln. The president also echoed his negativity about the Republican Party and stroked himself on alleged-progress with the American economy and jobs. Ironically, those are topics that have caused Obama’s job approval ratings to tank to 38 percent in recent times. Obama is expected to do some Democratic fundraising before returning to the White House. While the president has been doing a great deal of fundraising by courting the nation’s wealthy Democrats, his campaign stops for midterm election candidates have been few and far between as many Democratic candidates have distanced themselves from Obama due to his recent low approval ratings.