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Obama lies low before big acceptance speech

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Obama is spending Thursday, the day of his acceptance speech, mostly out of sight.

A report from the White House press pool said Obama is staying at his hotel, which is roughly 30 minutes away from the Time Warner Cable Arena where he will make his big address. Aides said Obama was making final tweaks to his remarks and was not expected to do a walk-through at the arena in advance of the speech.

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Obama will spend part of his afternoon holding a conference call with thousands of supporters who are unable to attend his acceptance speech because of the change in venue from the large, outdoor Bank of the America Stadium to the arena. 

Meanwhile, while Obama lay low, first lady Michelle Obama spent the day speaking to several groups in Charlotte. During a Women's Caucus gathering, she told the group that former President Clinton's speech was "phenomenal." The Obama daughters, Malia and Sasha, were expected to fly in to hear their father's speech later in the day.

During an interview with NBC News on Thursday, White House adviser David Plouffe said Obama would outline an agenda for his second term in the speech.

"It will be clear where he thinks we need to go," Plouffe said. "This whole week has also laid out a choice, which is, it's a question for the American people: Who can you trust to build a kind of economy that's going to work for the middle class?