Obama making surprise visit to Georgia

President Obama is traveling to Atlanta next month for a Democratic fundraiser but didn't tell the city's lawmakers he was coming until the last minute.

The White House didn't inform several Democratic congressmen from the Atlanta area of the trip until late Thursday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"No one told me ... I was sort of shocked," said Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.). He told the paper he learned secondhand that Obama was coming to his district.

"They [White House officials] usually inform us," he said. "It was unreal."

Georgia, of course, is home to the recent controversy centered around the firing of Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod.

A White House spokesman said Obama plans to address a Disabled American Veterans group and appear at a lunch event for the Democratic National Committee and Organizing for America while in Atlanta.