Travel for a "restless soul"
The President will make day trips Monday and Tuesday of next week to conduct town hall meetings selling his economic stimulus program. On Monday, he will travel to Elkhart, Indiana where in the past year the unemployment rate has jumped from 4.7 percent to 15.3 percent, Mr. Gibbs said.
Then on Tuesday, Mr Obama will fly to Fort Myers, Florida where the jobless rate has risen from 6 percent a year ago to 10 percent now.
Celebrating Abe's birthday
After spending Wednesday back in Washington, on Thursday the president will fly to Springfield, Illinois to speak at a celebration of Abraham Lincolnâ€™s 200th birthday. He will return to the White House later that day.
On Friday afternoon the Obama family will head home to Chicago for the weekend. Mr. Gibbs said that a key item on the Presidentâ€™s agenda would be go â€śgo out for Valentines Dayâ€ť with Michelle Obama.
Enjoying the perks
Mr. Obama seems to be enjoying Air Force One. During his first trip on the plane as President on Thursday, he came back to the press quarters in the rear of the 747 and said to members of the press pool traveling with him, " What do you think about this spiffy ride? Itâ€™s not bad."
The President also liked the ride to Andrews Air Force Base on the presidential helicopter, Marine One. "The helicopter was very smooth, very impressive, you go right over the Washington Monument and then you know king of curves in by the Capitol. It was spectacular," Mr. Obama said.