CHICAGO - Just as news was breaking about Wednesday's shooting in Fort Hood, President Barack Obama was sitting down to dinner with 26 others at Chicago Cut Steakhouse.
The gathering - to raise funds for the Democratic National Committee - was hosted by Mesirow Financial Chairman and CEO Richard Price, who seemed unaware of the ongoing lock-down at one of the nation's largest U.S. Army bases in Killeen Texas, where three soldiers were killed and 16 other injured.
"The opportunity to host and spend unfiltered time with the President was a tremendous opportunity," said Price. "We knew Chicago Cut Steakhouse would be the perfect spot because of their iconic location, superior service and classic Chicago cuisine."
The night of celebration continued as after the business roundtable was completed, the President took photos with members of the Chicago Police Department, State Police as well as members of the Chicago Fire Department.
"This is a once in a lifetime moment," said Nakia Fenner, a Chicago police sergeant. "This is history in the making. I'm honored and humbled. I look forward to sharing this with my department, my children and my church," said Verdi Allen, Deputy District Chief of the Chicago Fire Department.
Before leaving, Obama left a souvenir: