Ticket Holders React to Obama’s Visit

Many attendees left the Fox Theatre energized by the President's speech.

Though some ticket holders had to wait three hours from the time they entered the line to hear the President, they all left in smiles once the was over.

And when the President did walk onto the stage, the audience had a ball shouting words of encouragement after perfectly timed pauses in his speech.

Obama even responded back to a call of “We love you!” with an “I love you, too” and a flashy smile.

People in the audience also shouted statements like “Gays love you!” which reverberated inside the theatre.

After the speech, the President made his way into the audience and shook the hands of—and even hugged—some audience members as attendees clamored to the front of the stage.

Resident Ernie Schmidt was in the front row and had a chance to do just this.

“You forget the party stuff and realize that he represents a part of history,” Schmidt said.

Alisa MacAvoy said the wave of enthusiasm gripped her as she extended her arm from the third row to shake hands with the President.

“It was such a great night,” she said.

Katharine Thompson, 85, of Woodside, worked for the Obama campaign in 2008 and pledged that she would do her part to get him reelected.

There with her daughter and granddaughter, Thompson said, "No matter how old I am, I'm planning on working for Obama's campaign."

Her daughter added that her grandmother learned how to use a cellphone while working at a phone bank on his last campaign.

Jeannine Eldey of Pacifica called the president's speech Wednesday night "very dynamic" and said his comments on pulling troops out of Afghanistan and working to rebuild America resonated with her.

For all attendees, no matter who you were, you could relate, said resident Shelly Masur.

“He covered all the pieces that people care about: education, jobs, community issues,” Masur said. “And as you reflect, you realize that we can all work together to achieve them.”


Bay City News contributed to this report

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marie May 24, 2012 at 05:22 PM
We so often sit in astonishment over the intellectual ignorance of so many individuals who so blindly follow so-called leaders into the abyss! We are witnessing it again with the group who presented themselves at this event. And, although, you may say following this "leader" is not as dangerous as blindly following Jim Jones or similar ilk, you will find yourselves deadwrong in such an assumption. We ask any doctors of medicine specializing in impairments of the ear, eyes and brain to be so kind to assist these people. It is clear to any and all well functioning, intelligent minded folks that these individuals are suffering from the inability to actually hear the words of destruction to the founding of America that he spews; unable to see how devastated not only CA is, but our Nation since 2008; and worst yet, the coherent functioning of the brain which allows us to comprehend the horrific present we are in, let alone the future to come if he is reelected.
TGD May 24, 2012 at 06:01 PM
"The syphilis is strong in this one." - Darth Vadar
Scott May 24, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Calling someone ignorant because they don't share your opinion is ignorant.
Rex May 24, 2012 at 09:08 PM
You may be right about some of that, but you can't blame it all on the president. Congress is just as responsible.
Zeke Mead May 24, 2012 at 10:19 PM
And it didn't start in 2008.
Alisa May 24, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I am grateful President Obama visited Redwood City last night. We are lucky to have friendly people and the FOX Theater, a beautiful courthouse, and a vibrant downtown to show off to the world. I appreciate President Obama's leadership during these extremely tough times. He has done the best he could given what has come his way. I am happy that we still have extraordinary people like the President who are willing to serve our country with grace, intelligence and humor. It is a tough job and we are fortunate to have him. What a great, inspirational night in RWC!
Nancy Krosse May 25, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Shame on you Marie. This was an historic event for our fair city. You have no right to call the people who attended this ignorant. You need to apologize.
Ken Dahl May 25, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Yea, and President Obama is responsible for the economic and employment problems worldwide! And the failed Facebook IPO, too. Everything was SO perfect 40 months ago and now look at the mess he's created! Mittens will surely supplicate it all away on January 21, 2013, while kneeling in prayer in the Oval Office.
Ralph Garcia May 25, 2012 at 04:11 AM
We are all part of the problem. We want everything to be cheap in price but we want our pay to be high so that's why most of our stuff comes from China. Then we buy online so we don't have to pay tax. If you buy on line don't bitch about your local services where do you think the money for it comes from. Before you buy anything see if you can get it local and made here, I know it may take a little work.
Ken Dahl May 25, 2012 at 06:11 AM
And the Supreme Court. It all started in Florida with hanging chads, going downhill ever since.
marie May 25, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Aahhh...where to begin? I knew there would be "that" small segment of society reacting/responding such as you "few" did! Bravo! You proved my point well. To Nancy Krosse, WHOM do you think you are telling me about my rights! I not only have the right to speak freely, I also have the right to share my feelings. You are part of the socialist/communist problem when you tell people "you have no right to..." There is no wonder why you adore BHO. I will not be so "ignorant" to tell you that you don't have the right to post what you did, telling me to apologize - because fortunately you do. And I, brilliantly, will IGNORE your comment, taking into account, I shall "consider the source." But reelect this president and will be losing your freedoms. But of course blind followers realize this because you're in the know and actually investigate what is TRULY being undertaken. As for Ken D. I imagine the same response lends itself well to you. Your comment should be posted even though it shows you are not politically saavy understanding what happens "inside." What makes people's comments interesting to others who have been a DC'er, we've got the edge, and tongue-in-cheek laugh at the (would ya'll feel better if I said "innocense" this time). The saddest part of this segment of society is that you all refuse to get educated on important issues and actually absorb that knowledge so you will realize you're on the wrong path, however, it is not too late to change course.
TGD May 25, 2012 at 05:04 PM
"And I, brilliantly, will IGNORE your comment," But only after I respond to it in 10 sentences or less.
TGD May 25, 2012 at 05:25 PM
"The saddest part of this segment of society is that you all refuse to get educated on important issues and actually absorb that knowledge so you will realize you're on the wrong path, however, it is not too late to change course." .......and steer yourself of a cliff.
Scott May 25, 2012 at 08:51 PM
My, my, my! What a huge slice of pretentious pie. Anyway, it's "who do you think you are" and not "whom do you think you are". I'll leave it at that.
Ken Dahl May 27, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Sour grapes much, Maria. Did you have to find a new line of work outside of DC when the 8 ruinous years of a Republican administration imploded at the end of 2007?
Judi Mahoney May 29, 2012 at 11:56 PM
I completely agree with you, Marie! I am inside the system and see the brainwashing that goes on about loving the supreme leader! Scary!!!
Nancy Krosse May 30, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I am not a socialist/communist Marie. Nor do I adore "BHO". I am a very patriotic American and a member of the GOP. I was excited to know that the President of the United States was visiting our town of Redwood City and I shared that enthusiasm with my fellow Redwood City residents. I will consider the source Marie because you are the quintessential mouthpiece for all the fear-bating members of the Repulican Party. Can you post anything without insulting people? At least I have the courage to post my full name.


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