By Stacy St. Clair
A violent thunderstorm forced President Barack Obama to cancel his Memorial Day address Monday at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, where he took to a rain-soaked stage and urged thousands of spectators to seek shelter.
After leaving the cemetery, Obama visited a new suburban facility that provides housing for military families who want to stay close to their hospitalized loved ones. The president spent 30 minutes at the Fisher House at Hines VA Hospital near Maywood, talking with injured service members and their families, the White House said. The stop was closed to the media.
The president toured the facility and ate a bratwurst and some baked beans before heading back to his Kenwood home to pick up his family and head to the airport. The Obamas spent the long holiday weekend in Chicago, their first trip here in more than a year.
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