'It Will Be Fun to See How the Story Ends'

(Alex Brandon / AP)

En route last night to Chicago, Barack Obama came to the back of O-Force One to chat with his traveling press corps, which includes reporters who've barely returned home for 21 months. Here, via spokesperson Jen Psaki, is the transcript:

Obama: You guys have been gracious, outstanding, reasonably easy for our crack team here and you know whatever happens tomorrow it’s extraordinary you guys have shared this process with us and I just want to say thank you and I appreciate you.
Kathy Kiely: How are you feeling Senator?
Obama: I am not going to come back and answer any questions here, Kathy.  Even though you can feel free to keep your tape recorders on. Get some sleep starting on Wednesday.
I’m sorry about your Grandmother.
Obama: I know you guys have sent a lot of emails individually, collectively. It is very gracious. Embeds—they have been there for the start. Thank you guys, thank you guys.
(Walks to the back of the plane)
Obama: This is finally starting to look like the original plane.  It took a while to get that old feeling again. Is everyone giving [NEWSWEEK's Richard] Wolffe a sufficiently hard time about being a feature on Saturday Night Live?
Reporter: Scout—It's her birthday you know.
Obama: Let me give you a birthday kiss. OK guys, let's go home. It will be fun to see how the story ends.