GREEN BAY - Some of the people who saw President Barack Obama at a town hallmeeting in Green Bay had a long day, hitting the road by 6 or 7o'clock in the morning, to be ready and waiting for him at noon.But many say it was worth it.
John Corpus was the second person to ask President Obama aquestion and he got more than just an answer. Corpus explained tothe president he was there with his 10-year-old daughter Kennedy,who was missing school.
The president offered to write a note excusing Kennedy fromclass.
While he answered her father's question about health care, hegave Kennedy a note, excusing her absence from her last day offourth grade at Aldo Leopold Community School in Green Bay.
"It says 'To Kennedy's teacher: Please excuse Kennedy's absence.She's with me. Barack Obama,' " said Kennedy.
Kennedy and her dad both thought the president was kidding whenhe asked to write a note, but now she has a priceless souvenir.
"Really cool, awesome. It's like the best thing ever," saidKennedy.
The president also recognized another youngster during hisspeech. He waved at two-year-old Grant Perry, and said Grant waswaving at him.
"I thought it was very cool, but a little embarrassing becausehe was making some noise," said Grant's mother, Jessica Perry."It's hard to keep a two year old quiet."
But not everyone with a ticket got in.
"I am actually really bummed," said Roni Santiago. "I was superexcited because I found out last night, even though I applied forthem on Tuesday, I think. I was really super excited to go and thenit was really disappointing when I got to the corner."
Santiago had a ticket and said it was easier for her to walk tothe event rather than take a shuttle bus But she says about an hourand half before the event she couldn't get close to the school.
But those who did get in were glad to see Obama, even if theydidn't get a special note or greeting from him.
"It was amazing," said Jane Rufe of Appleton. "The president dida wonderful job of talking to us about health care and his visionand it was a wonderful event."
Kennedy Corpus, who got a note from the president says she willgive her teacher a copy of the note. She plans to frame theoriginal with her ticket.
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