Obama's Tie to TCA

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Obama rally in Grant Park

One fitness club leader not only was at the Barack Obama rally last week at Grant Park in Chicago, but he got up close and personal with the president-elect in a VIP tent after Obama's acceptance speech.

Steve Schwartz, president and CEO of TCA Holdings (Midtown Athletic Clubs) was on hand for the historic event. Schwartz, a contributor to the Obama campaign, took a trolley to Grant Park from campaign headquarters at the Hyatt, then had dinner with other honored guests and VIPs at Grant Park. Rapper will.i.am, who later was featured in a hologram during a CNN interview, had dinner at a table next to Schwartz.

After his acceptance speech, Obama thanked campaign contributors in a special VIP tent, and Schwartz was right there to snap some photos, including the one shown here in this post.

"I was proud of Chicago and I was proud of our country," Schwartz says. "It was a great night."

Schwartz also says he spent a weekend with Obama two years ago, and that Michelle Obama and the Obama daughters play tennis at Midtown in Chicago every Sunday morning. The Obamas play in a separate building guarded by some 15 Secret Service agents, Schwartz says.

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