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President Obama Lands at Ellington Airport

April 2, 2012

Houston Airport System
President Obama found a warm reception waiting for him inside a hangar at Ellington Airport.
President Barack Obama made a big splash at Ellington Airport recently, flying into Houston on March 9 in the midst of a severe thunderstorm.

Dozens of people gathered under the safety of a hangar facility at Ellington Airport, barely seeming to mind the fact that Air Force One was delayed almost 30 minutes by the downpour.

Several dignitaries were also on hand to make sure the President received an appropriate welcome to Houston.

Mayor Annise Parker was the first public official to greet the President, along with members of Congress:  U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, U.S. Representative Al Green and U.S. Representative Gene Green.

Each of the elected officials spent time speaking with members of the crowd as everyone was forced to wait for the weather to clear up enough to allow a safe landing.

Once on the ground, President Obama rewarded the patient onlookers with handshakes and personal conversations. Many of those on hand said they were surprised at how close they were allowed to get to the President.

I never would have imagined that I would be able to shake hands with the President of the United States, said Amy Holzrichter. Ive been a big fan for a long time so this was a huge thrill for me. 

Brian Bacall says he was also taken aback with the amount of access granted to the 100 or so onlookers. 

He really went out of his way to engage all the people in the crowd and that was great, said Brian Bacall. My whole family got a chance to shake his hand and thats a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Petrina Andrews says she was also amazed that she was able to personally greet the President of the United States. During the drive to Ellington Airport, Andrews says she began telling herself not to get disappointed if she was denied a chance to actually see the President. She says the idea of a brief conversation with him never even crossed her mind.

It was a wonderful experience, Andrews said. Hes truly a historical figure and meeting him face to face was an answered prayer for me.

The trip marks the second time that Barack Obama has visited Houston since being sworn in as President in January 2009. During his prior visit, the President flew into George Bush Intercontinental Airport. 
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