Obama celebrates his birthday with a Chicago fundraiser

August 3, 2011

By The Associated Press and Susie An


President Barack Obama is attending two fundraisers in Chicago to celebrate his 50th birthday. The president turns 50 on Thursday. One of the events is expected to take place at the Aragon Ballroom this evening. Chicago natives Herbie Hancock, Jennifer Hudson and band OK Go are expected to perform. 

The trip will be a short one. The President is scheduled to return to Washington, D.C. later tonight.

The debt negotiations appear to have put a dent in President Barack Obama's campaign war chest.

Obama's re-election campaign expects to raise tens of millions of dollars less this summer than it did last spring because the debt limit talks forced Obama to cancel several fundraisers. Obama raised a combined $86 million for his campaign and the Democratic National Committee during the spring.

But campaign manager Jim Messina says they will raise significantly less money this summer because they can't reschedule all of Obama's fundraisers. The campaign canceled or postponed 10 fundraisers involving Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and White House chief of staff Bill Daley during the past month.