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President Obama's Chicago homecoming was less welcoming than he expected, as Obama was shocked to learn his Hyde Park residence had been foreclosed upon some time last year. Obama was in Chicago for a series of fundraisers and decided to visit his old home, only to discover the locks had been changed and a new family had moved in.
Since his inauguration, President Obama had neglected to make a single payment on the home he'd shared with his wife and two daughters, while the house itself fell into grave disrepair.
"The place started to become a real eyesore," said Kevin Deckman, who owns a home on the opposite side of the street from the former Obama residence. "The lawn was nothing but weeds, and there were a bunch of stray cats that would come and go through an open window, I think. It was a real health hazard. I had to tell my kids to stay away from the Obama house so they wouldn't catch rabies."
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Origins: In mid-January 2012, President Barack Obama returned to his hometown of Chicago to attend a string of fundraising events for his
The president pointed out old friends in the crowd, including people who helped him get his political start and the couple responsible for him meeting Michelle. Obama described the convivial group as "folks who watched our kids grow up," saying if it weren't for them, he could have never embarked on this journey. Obama joked that he should stop by his nearby home, which he ultimately did shortly after.
"Is somebody mowing the grass in front of my house?" he asked the crowd at his third and final fundraiser of the night. "I don't want you guys talking about me. 'He's a good President, but nobody's mowing the
Last updated: 16 January 2012
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