Hundreds camp out for tickets to Obama visit

Hundreds of people camped out overnight Monday for a chance to be some of the first people to get tickets to see President Barack Obama. (Jim Shumacher)
September 13, 2011 6:41:16 PM PDT
Hundreds of people camped out overnight for a chance to be some of the first people in line to get tickets to see President Barack Obama.

The President will be in the Triangle Wednesday to talk about American Jobs Act he presented to Congress last week.

He will be speaking at Reynolds Coliseum about "the need for Congress to pass it now and put more people back to work and more money in the pockets of working Americans, while not adding a dime to the deficit," according to a news release.

The event is free and open to the public.

"I think the country's pretty divided at this point," Jessica Johnson said. "I think a lot of people blame him for things that he has no control over, so he really has to go hard in this campaign. I'm going to go hard for him!"

On Monday night, hundreds began lining up at Carter-Finley Stadium and the NC State Brickyard since tickets were being distributed on a first-come, first-served basis Tuesday.

Due to limited event space, the White House said it would only be able to fulfill a limited number of requests for tickets. State students are limited to one ticket per person. Tickets are not for sale or re-sale.

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Tina Nystrom and Jeanine Lection - who were first in line after being at the Brickyard since 7:30 p.m. Monday - said they are excited, but aware of what's at stake for the President.

"We're the future of this country, and if you can't sell it to the people who will be taking these jobs in the next couple of years, I don't think he'll be able to sell it to anyone else," Lection said.

NC State's chancellor said the high profile visit is an accomplishment for the university, and the city.

"We've certainly hosted a lot of candidates in recent years, but somebody told me it's been since 1983 since a sitting president visited campus," Chancellor W. Randolph Woodson said. "So this is a very exciting thing for our students, a chance for them to be a part of history."

He said there'll be room for everyone with a ticket who lined up before noon for tickets, at Carter Finley Stadium.

"We're going to have a full Reynolds," Woodson said.

The President will also visit Apex and tour WestStar Precision Wednesday. The White House said the small company would benefit from the president's job proposal.

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