How you can see President Obama in Elkhart Wednesday
You have a shot to see the president Wednesday when he visits Concord High School in Elkhart.
“When we found out that President Obama was coming to Elkhart and then, it turned out, he was actually even coming to our home, Concord High School, we knew we needed to be there for it,” Shari Durkin said.
So Durkin, who is a teacher at Concord High School, joined her colleague Marlies Lesczcynski, outside their workplace Monday morning to wait.
“I got here at 6:30 this morning,” Lesczcynski said.
The two were taking advantage of a special opportunity Monday night for members of the high school to get tickets for the president’s visit.
“From 5 o’clock to 7 o’clock, first-come, first-served for Concord staff, teachers and students,” Durkin said.
Dozens of people lined up outside the school Monday night to get their tickets, but it wasn’t the only chance to get a spot inside Wednesday’s event.
In an email Monday, the White House Press Office said, “There will be a very limited distribution of remaining tickets for members of the public on Tuesday, May 31 from 8:00am-10:00am.”
The email went on to say that the pickup location will be Concord High’s McCuen Gym, and tickets will be given out one per person, first-come, first-served.
“The last time he was here, people stretched around the building, so, I’m thinking it’ll be about the same [this year],” Lesczcynski said.
The president is returning to Concord High for his second visit.
“I’m feeling like mixed emotions, like, nervous, excited, I don’t know!” Abby Krieler, a student at Concord Intermediate and daughter of a Concord High School teacher, said. “It’s my first time seeing the president.”
Durkin and Lesczcynski said the visit is special.
“It’s just an honor that our president’s coming here for another visit,” Durkin said. “[I’m] so excited!”
“And I’m glad that we get to be a part of it!” Lesczcynski said.
President Obama’s visit to Concord High School will be his only public event Wednesday. He will then sit down for an interview with PBS, followed by a town hall with selected Elkhart residents inside the Lerner Theater.