DAY 1: President Obama in Minneapolis - KMSP-TV

DAY 1: President Obama in Minneapolis

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President Barack Obama was awfully busy during the first of his two-day visit to the Twin Cities -- lunch with a Minnesota mother, a town hall meeting, a stroll around St. Paul and then a fundraiser.

Obama spent Thursday night at a fundraiser in Minneapolis with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Steve Israel. Security around River Road was tight, and Fox 9 News cameras got a look just before the roads were shut down.

"It's like watching a movie," neighbor Brian Viau reflected. "You wonder what goes on in the background. For the last week, we've seen it come together and we'll enjoy it from the seats of our balcony tonight at is unfolds."

It's certainly not every day that the Secret Service shows up in a residential backyard with dogs sniffing out the area to make sure everything is safe for the president, but neighbors like Viau say they hope to get a look at Obama while he's in town.

"It's very exciting … the president coming to town, be willing to share his time with the people of Minneapolis, see beautiful sunshine for once," Viau said. "It's exciting."

The fundraiser held at the home of Sam and Sylvia Kaplan is intended to raise money for House races, but earlier in the day, about 150 people saw the president and asked him questions at a town hall meeting held at Minnehaha Falls -- the perfect backdrop for addressing the state's flooding concerns.

"I told the governor we will be there as we get some clarity as to what needs to be done and feel confident you have a strong partner in FEMA, the federal government, and the process of cleaning up," Obama assured.

That was all that was scripted. In fact, Obama didn't come with an agenda or a prepared speech. Rather, he let the questions of Minnesotans dictate the theme, which ranged from the economy, student loans and gun legislation.

MORE: Quotes from Obama's town hall meeting in Minneapolis

After the hour-long town hall, Obama headed off to St. Paul for a quick trip down Grand Avenue before heading to the Kaplan's home. On Friday, Obama will wrap up his two-day trip by delivering a speech on the economy at the Lake Harriet Bandshell. He is expected to depart the Twin Cities around noon.

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