Obama to allies: No wild nights in Chicago

May 21, 2012

The Associated Press

(White House/Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama throws a football on the field at Soldier Field following the NATO working dinner in Chicago, Illinois, May 20, 2012.

President Barack Obama had a message for non-NATO partners: Keep it tame in Chicago.

Perhaps wary of wild nights in Cartagena, Colombia, by Secret Service personnel last month, the president greeted allies in the war in Afghanistan with some mock anxiety Monday. His message was for those non-NATO partners who didn't have to participate in a working NATO dinner Sunday night at Chicago's Soldier Field.

"Just hearing from a few folks who are not NATO members that they had fun on the town last night," he said. "Hopefully no stories in the press."

Obama has made a point of highlighting his hometown's amenities during the 2-day summit. On Sunday, he welcomed NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, noting that he had already checked out the city.

"My understanding is he's already enjoyed some of the sights, and we were hearing about him jogging along the lake and appreciating the outstanding views and the skyline," Obama said.