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'Thrill of a Lifetime' to See Obama

Some Robbinsdale Cooper High School students performed for the president on their last day of school.

in Golden Valley while on a quick trip through the Twin Cities.

The crowd of at least 200 arrived with smiles and cameras in hand. The audience, which was mostly made up of Honeywell employees, waited for the President to speak from the floor they work on every day.

"It's not often you get to see the president at work," Rich Pearson, a Honeywell employee from Vadnais Heights, said with a chuckle. "There has been a lot of excitement about his arrival all week. Everybody has been talking about it."

Obama spoke to the crowd from a podium that was just feet away from heavy pieces of machinery Honeywell uses to create gadgets used to promote energy efficiency.

"It's an honor to have President Obama here," said Mary Peterson, a Honeywell employee from Anoka. The machine services worker came to work at 6 a.m. to make sure she could be in the crowd, which was determined on a first-come, first-serve basis.

She wasn't the only one willing to wait for hours to catch a glimpse of the President. A steady trickle of people filled the factory floor all morning. Media crews were on site at 4 a.m. to have live trucks set up. Once inside, people stood along metal barricades for hours to make sure they were in good picture-taking range of the president.

The Robbinsdale Cooper Chamber Singers had a good line of sight. The group of 24 singers found out late Wednesday they would sing the National Anthem at the event.

“When I found out we were singing, I couldn’t believe it,” Senior Adrian Whitney said. Friday is the last day of school for seniors at . “I can’t think of a better way to spend my last day at school,” she said. “It’s not just a memorable experience, it’s a thrill of a lifetime.”

Obama spoke for about 30 minutes to the tightly packed crowd. After he spoke, he shook a few hands in the crowd and was whisked away in the motorcade.

Edward June 03, 2012 at 06:28 PM
He taught Constitutional law at University of Chicago. U of Chicago is a top school, and they don't accept dog meat as adjunct professors . . . just saying' Other achievements? Well, being a US Senator and president of the United States surely counts for something ?? Consensus great things? Well, health care reform wasn't a walk in the park, and he got that done. Come to think of it, getting Congress to agree on anything is an exercise in torture . . . take a look at the gray hair he has now vs. what he had when he took office ;-)
Lisa Anderson June 03, 2012 at 07:16 PM
He wasn't even present when the choir sang. He was touring the building. Students were disappointed.
Jim Edward June 03, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Terry and Kimma, How do you read any hate out of my question? Read it again, it was really quite simple. You two are the ones that are spewing HATE. I hate to admit it but I believed every word he said to get to be elected President. Probably the only person I really hate is myself for voting for him, and I've never been involved in ANY entitlement programs. Looks like I will be, in a round-about way though as I'll be paying for the health insurance for the illegal aliens out of my SS that I've worked my whole life for. Evidently it's not going to cost you anything and you can keep heaping praise on him. If you vote for him, it will only be a matter of time until you are kicking yourself in the rear just as I am doing. If he gets in again, I hope I can still afford the internet and see how much praise you heap on him after a year.
Bubbles June 04, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Jim, you and I are already paying for health care for uninsured people who use emergency rooms as primary care. I hear a lot of FOX talking points in your 'fair and balanced' comments.
Jim Edward June 04, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Bubbles, This is true. You can hear reports on T.V. and in the paper about how ill prepared our emergency rooms are. This is why. Got a headache? Go to the emergency room and get something for it. They can't turn you down no matter who you are. I read a couple of months ago that some emergency rooms are closing down because they can't afford to lose any more money. This is minor compared to what is coming.

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