• Anne Fitten Glenn

President Obama will be in Chicago this evening. I wish I could say he was coming to tour the ghetto just a mile west of his Kenwood home and raise awareness about the concentrated poverty and racial segregation there.

But he’s visiting for the usual reason. He’ll attend a fund-raising concert at the University of Illinois at Chicago around 5 PM. Then he’ll be driven to Lakeview for a fund-rasing party at the home of Fred Eychaner, CEO of the Newsweb publishing company ($35,000 a couple). Then it’s off to a reception at the Hyde Park home of the manager of a private equity firm (tickets $7,000 to $20,000). And then it’s back to Washington.

This is what presidents do nowadays when an election is approaching, for them or for Congress, which of course is much of the time.