DALLAS, TX — Hail to the Chief!
“Hello, Dallas! It is good to see all of ya!” President Obama greeted a roaring crowd Saturday morning.
It was a Texas-sized welcome for the President in Big D. Obama was in town for a quick fundraising trip before he’s off to D.C..
NewsFix was there when the commander-in-chief landed at Dallas Love Field Friday night. Air Force One arrived shortly after 9PM.
Dallas is the second stop in Obama’s Texas two-step. The President started his morning at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee at the urban cowboy honkytonk Gilley’s where he riled up the crowd.
“The truth of the matter is, America is pretty darn great right now,” President Obama said. “America’s making strides right now. America’s better off than it was right now. The American people should be proud about what we’ve achieved together over the last eight years since the recession hit. We’re great right now.”
Outside the venue, not even a rain-soaked Saturday was enough to keep a curious crowd away. NewsFix caught up with a German visitor who was hoping to catch a glimpse of the President leaving Gilley’s.
“We saw it on TV and decided to change the plans, and come here for a short visit,” Daniel Vogt told NewsFix. “We have been very excited just to see him in the car, or to see a person in the car that might have been him was quite good.”
President Obama is man on the move; he has another event scheduled for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee set at a private home. He’ll also meet with a group of students who attend the school named in his honor: the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy.
Just yesterday, the President was in Austin to help kick-off this year’s SXSW Festival.
“The reason I’m here, really is to recruit all of you. It’s to say to you as I’m about to leave office, how can we start coming up with new platforms, new ideas, new approaches across disciplines and across skill sets?” He told attendees.
Obama’s the first sitting President to ever participate in the event.
The President is expected to depart Dallas around 6:30 tonight.