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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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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