DAY 1: President Obama in Minneapolis - KMSP-TV

DAY 1: President Obama in Minneapolis

Posted: Updated:
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

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.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • IN CUSTODY: Officer shooting suspect Brian George Fitch Sr.

    IN CUSTODY: Officer shooting suspect Brian George Fitch Sr.

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:07 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:07:28 GMT
    Fox 9 News is learning more about the suspect wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick, 47, during a traffic stop, and it turns out he was already a wanted man when that traffic stop began.

    Fox 9 News is learning more about the suspect wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick, 47, during a traffic stop, and it turns out he was already a wanted man when that traffic stop began.
  • SWAT team arrests suspected cop killer in St. Paul

    SWAT team arrests suspected cop killer in St. Paul

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:42 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:42:24 GMT
    On Wednesday night, dozens of officers -- including a SWAT team -- descended on Sycamore and Rice streets in St. Paul after a suspected cop killer apparently opened fire on officers and was shot multiple times.
    On Wednesday night, dozens of officers -- including a SWAT team -- descended on Sycamore and Rice streets in St. Paul after a suspected cop killer apparently opened fire on officers after escaping a neighborhood near the intersection of Baker and Livingston, where the car used in the crime was found.
  • Mendota Heights police officer shot in West St. Paul; suspect shot

    Mendota Heights police officer shot in West St. Paul; suspect shot

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:36 AM EDT2014-07-31 04:36:05 GMT

    A Mendota Heights police officer was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon during a traffic stop near Dodd Road and Smith Avenue in West St. Paul, Fox 9 sources confirmed. Police arrested the suspect later Wednesday night.


    A Mendota Heights police officer was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon during a traffic stop near Dodd Road and Smith Avenue in West St. Paul, Fox 9 sources confirmed. Police arrested the suspect later Wednesday night.


Widgets Magazine
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices