Traveling in Obama’s motorcade provides presidential glimpse

June 14, 2016

View of the people watching the presidential motorcade, from the motorcade, Elkhart, June 1, 2016. By Tim Vandenack

View of the people watching the presidential motorcade, from the motorcade, Elkhart, June 1, 2016. By Tim Vandenack

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.

Air Force 1

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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:

Of course I tweeted, posted on Facebook and posted Instagram pics all along.

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  1. Pingback: Ex-President Bush visits Elkhart to tout Young’s Senate bid | Tim Vandenack, writer and reporter

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