Obama gives campaign pep talk to Dem staffers

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President Barack Obama works the crowd during a campaign stop Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in Davenport, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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President Barack Obama works the crowd during a campaign stop Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in Davenport, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is visiting Democratic Party headquarters to thank staffers for their work and rev them up for the fall campaign.

A spokesman for the party says Obama appreciates the staff's hard work and that he made Thursday's trip to "fire them up for the months ahead." Reporters were not allowed into the building with Obama.

The president returned to Washington late Wednesday after five days on the road.

He spent the weekend at home in Chicago, where he spent time with friends and held several fundraisers for his campaign. He then took a three-day bus trip through Iowa, a key Midwestern battleground state.

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