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Friendlier crowd greets Obama, first family as they arrive in Chicago

A large white tent is set up backyard Valerie Jarret's Kenwood home for wedding her daughter Saturday. | Courtesy CBS2

A large white tent is set up in the backyard of Valerie Jarret's Kenwood home for the wedding of her daughter Saturday. | Courtesy CBS2

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Updated: July 17, 2012 12:52PM



President Barack Obama found a much warmer welcome in his home neighborhood Friday evening than he did at his White House news conference earlier in the day.

The first family, in Chicago to attend a wedding, were greeted by enthusiastic well-wishers who lined the streets as their motorcade headed to their Kenwood home.

One woman held up a sign that read, “Welcome home!”

Another person put up a sign on a yellow Chevy Camaro parked in a driveway near the Obama home that said, “Thank you for saving GM” — a reference to Obama’s decision to bail out the auto companies toward the start of his term.

The president had started the day with a news conference announcing an end to the deportation of children of illegal immigrants studying in this country. The president lost his patience with a conservative website reporter who heckled him during the conference.

In Chicago Friday evening, the Obamas strolled over to the home of family friends, the Nesbitts, who live walking-distance from the Obamas. Marty Nesbitt was founder and CEO of The Parking Spot. The Nesbitts will also be guests at the Saturday evening wedding of Laura Jarrett, daughter of Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett.

This is the Obama family’s first visit back home as a family in two years.

The family arrived at O’Hare Airport just before 7 p.m. The president walked down the steps of Air Force One with his youngest daughter, Sasha, and they made their way to Marine One to helicopter across town. The first lady and Malia Obama walked behind them.

After landing in a park east of Lake Shore Drive near Oakwood Boulevard on the South Side, Barack and Michelle Obama appeared to gaze across the lake at the downtown skyline.

With police boats patrolling the waters of Lake Michigan nearby, the Obamas got into a limo and their motorcade headed to their Kenwood home.

That’s when they were cheered by well-wishers.



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