Crowd Waiting for Obama's Speech in Roanoke - - ABC13

Crowd Waiting for Obama's Speech in Roanoke


Reporter: James Gherardi | Videographer: Daniel Heffner

Roanoke, VA - President Obama's is set to speak in Roanoke Friday, and people lined up early Friday afternoon excited to get in and get a seat.

The doors to the Historic Fire Station Number One opened at 5 p.m.

There are bleachers and tons of standing room, for what we estimate to be somewhere around 800 people.

Obama is visiting Roanoke on the heels of that major Supreme Court ruling on his health care plan. A lot of people at the event are hoping he will address that. Victoria Cochran from the group Southwest Virginia, Women for Obama was quick to point out all the good the President's policies have brought to Virginia.

"Really pushing for that cap on interest rates on school loans. Even Obamacare, which I actually call Obamacares, because he does and that's what that means to me," she said.

But not everyone here is a fan.

Virginia Delegate Greg Habeeb from Salem remembers Obama's last visit to Southwest Virginia.

"Four years ago he promised he'd wake up every morning and think about Martinsville, Southside, and Southwest Virginia. Now's his chance to see that his policies have failed, it's time for a new course. So we're glad he can come here and get a firsthand look at it," said Habeeb.

Officials say Air Force One should be landing in a little bit just before 6:30 p.m.

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