Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY
CHICAGO - President Obama spent a few minutes this morning making calls to volunteers in the swing state of Wisconsin who are helping his effort, but at least a few of the volunteers appeared flummoxed to hear from the man they've been working to re-elect.
"Hi, is this Jyl? This is Barack Obama. This is your president. You're working so hard I had to say thanks," Obama said, according to a pool report of the visit to the Hyde Park office, where he made the call. "No, it is. I'm calling some of our best volunteers up in Madison."
The volunteer, Jyl Molle, is a retired teacher who has served the campaign as data coordinator and comfort captain, has been volunteering for the campaign for months.
Another volunteer, Hattie Portis-Jones, also seemed to be caught off guard. Portis-Jones, of Milwaukee, has volunteered every day of the last three weeks on behalf of Obama.
"Hi, is this Hattie? This is Barack Obama," Obama said. "This is Barack Obama. You know, the president?"
"She was very nice to me even though she initially didn't know who I was," Obama said after finishing the call.
After making a few calls, Obama said he felt confident about his chances and offered his congratulations to his opponent, Mitt Romney, for running a spirited campaign.
"I know that his supporters are just as engaged and just as enthusiastic and working just as hard today," Obama said. "We feel confident we've got the votes to win, that it's going to depend ultimately on whether those votes turn out. And so I would encourage everybody on all sides just to make sure that you exercise this precious right that you have that people fought so hard for, for us to have."