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President Obama to spend 'day in the life' of Minneapolis working mom

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President Barack Obama will arrive in Minneapolis on Thursday at noon for a town hall meeting and private fundraising event before delivering a policy speech at the Lake Harriet Band Shell.

According to a White House-published YouTube video, President Obama will spend Thursday with a St. Anthony mother – identified only as Rebekah – who wrote him a letter about her struggles as a middle class American.

"I think it's going to be wonderful for me to let Rebekah know not only am I listening, but that she's not alone out there,” Obama said in the video (http://youtu.be/v0x4aSM5yM4). “What I’m hoping to do when I get a chance to see Rebekah directly is to tell her that not only am I listening and paying attention, but there are actually policies out there that could actually make a difference in her life if we can get Washington to work on her behalf.”

Dan Pfeiffer, a senior advisor to the president, said Obama’s meeting with Rebekah is going to be part of a series of “days in the life” that have been planned.

More than 2,000 people wrapped a quarter-mile around Lake Harriet in southwest Minneapolis on Wednesday for free tickets to hear the president speak on Friday.

The president is set to arrive in Minneapolis at about noon, and the town hall will take place in the mid-afternoon. Minnesota was chosen as the destination for the economic town hall and policy speech because of the state’s minimum wage hike passed this legislative session.

OBAMA EVENTS

Thursday, June 26
Town Hall with President Obama
2 p.m. Minnehaha Park
Open to invited guests

Friday, June 27
President Obama speech
11 a.m. Lake Harriet Bandshell
Public tickets distributed

There will be no parking at Lake Harriet on the day of the president’s visit, according to the tickets. Guests must take a shuttle the bandshell, with the first shuttle running at 6:45 a.m. Doors open for the event at 8:30 a.m. All guests must pass through airport-like screening before entering the bandshell area.

PHOTO: BACK OF THE LINE


FUN FACT

In 1964, Minneapolis had to open fire hydrants to “create” the Minnehaha Falls for President Lyndon B. Johnson. That won’t be necessary for President Obama’s visit.


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