Obama Sets Sights on 2012 Campaign

With two years as president under his belt, Obama and his administration are officially gearing up for a re-election fight in 2012.

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Today marks the second anniversary of Barack Obama's inauguration, and his administration is officially looking forward. To 2012, that is.

The New York Times reports that Obama plans to close the Office of Political Affairs at the White House and restructure to prepare for the 2012 election. Also, in a first for a sitting president, he will base his campaign in Chicago instead of Washington. According to aides, he plans to declare his candidacy in two months and start campaigning and fundraising this summer. And the cycle begins ...

Read more at the New York Times.

Lauren is a former Deputy Editor of The Root.