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Hundreds Gather Around Knox Campus for President's Visit


Hundreds gathered on and near the Knox College campus Wednesday in anticipation of President Barack Obama's arrival.

Earlier this week, officials handed out at least 500 tickets to anyone who lined up and wanted one. And Knox College officials handed out even more VIP tickets Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, hundreds who did not get a ticket lined Prairie St. in Galesburg Wednesday morning and afternoon to see the president come through with his motorcade. Several of the people lined up during that time were protesting the President and his policies.

Protester Mike Prezioso said he drove all the way from Chicago to get a chance to voice his opinions.

"I felt like I had to make my voice heard," Prezioso said. "I feel like we're being ignored by both Republicans and both Democrats."

Some people standing near the protesters said they thought their signs that had phrases like "Obama Kills Jobs" written on them were disrespectful.

Some of the protesters were originally on the Knox College campus, but once officials found out they were not ticket holders they escorted them off the property.

Those who did have tickets said they were very impressed with the President and his speech.

"I got to shake the President's hand and I told him he was doing a great job," Galesburg resident Cidny Hamilton said. "I said I hope he enjoys the Presidency and he even told me thank you!"

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