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The tickets to President Obama's speech at Knox College in Galesburg are all gone. More than 500 tickets were given out today for the Wednesday event, not enough for everyone who wanted one.

Organizers started handing out orange numbers to every person in line, marking their spots so there wouldn't be any confusion on who's first when tickets were finally handed out.
 
Hundreds of people lined up around the block but if you wanted to be one of the first people to get a ticket to see the President speak this Wednesday, you had to get here about six hours before distribution.
     
Laura Fults arrived at 7 a.m., surprised and excited to be the very first person in line.

"When I was unemployed I had to stand in line so it's nothing new to me," said Fults.
    
Laura wants to see the President in person but she also wants to hear what he has to say.

I want to hear what the economy is going to be like because I'm a retired person," said Fults. "I feel it's very important to hear what he has to say."
    
Tom Best is taking his son to hear the President speak but there's something specific Tom wants to hear, too.

"Being a school teacher, I'd love to hear what he has to say about education," said Best. "There's obviously a lot of things that we need in education, more than just money!"

"I'm hoping to get a ticket so my son can see the President because he got an award," said Tricia Rasso.
    
Tricia Rasso's son Michael has a mild form of autism but the President recently honored Michael with an Academic Achievement Award so Michael wants to shake the president's hand ....

"I'm very happy," said Michael Rasso. 
 
And thank the president for his award.

Plenty of other young children in line today hoping to catch a glimpse of the only President some of them have ever known. Hundreds of very lucky people, who bared the heat and the sun all morning, now have the ticket they've been waiting for.

 

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