June 14, 2016
President Obama is long gone.
His visit here is not forgotten, though.
It offered me a unique opportunity — traveling in the motorcade with the press and seeing all the machinations that go into a presidential visit. Plus, I saw Obama for the first time, heard him speak.
I embedded as a local pool reporter when he came on June 1, writing up brief accounts via my iPhone for media consumption of the president’s movements as the trip progressed. I saw him arrive and leave on Air Force One. I watched his speech at Concord High School, getting a glimpse of The Beast, the limo that hauls him, and got access to The Lerner Theatre, where he taped an hour-long PBS town hall meeting.
Amazing seeing the people lining the road to get a glimpse of the motorcade. Incredible the security. Incredible how well-oiled a machine the motorcade is.
I wrote a first-person account of traveling in the motorcade:
Here are a few more things:
- President Barack Obama’s Elkhart town hall meeting a missed opportunity, some Latino leaders say, June 2, 2016
- Obama talks about playing basketball, transgender bathroom rights during town hall, June 1, 2016
- President Obama to cite importance of Elkhart workers and business in economic recovery, June 1, 2016
Of course I tweeted, posted on Facebook and posted Instagram pics all along.