Obama arrives in his hometown. Rat greets press pool

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President Obama landed in Chicago late this afternoon where Gov. Pat Quinn greeted him and then joined him on Marine One asthey made theirway to Chicago Cut Steakhousefor the first of a pair of fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee.

As the president’s motorcade traveled alongGrand Avenue and then LaSalle, Chicagoans linedthe streetsholding up phones to record or snap photos.

A Democratic official said the president will take part in a roundtable discussion with about25 supporters at his first stop. Those attending paid up to $32,500.

“Later, the President will attend a dinner reception at a private residence in Chicago with approximately 55 supporters contributing up to $10,000,” the official said.

Before the first event, whichwas private, pool reporters were initially waiting ina parking garage where a large rat scurried by.

Welcome to Chicago.

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