Word gets around, guys talk, ya hear things. And yesterday we got the scoop that President Barack Obama was heading to Parma, Ohio which is right around the corner from us. The President was planned to arrive in Parma, OH at 7:15p to speak at a campaign rally at James Day Park, but actually arrived a few minutes before 8:00p. He arrived a little tardy in Parma due to stopping off at Ziggy’s Bar & Grill in Amherst, Oh for a few cold ones (a twitter report said that he had a Miller Lite on tap, then switched to a Bud Light in a bottle) and talked with the patrons at the bar, then headed off to Parma. During his 45 minute speech, the President talked about hiring more teachers, the health care plan, and the economy. (this stop in Parma was marked as the seventh stop in Ohio)
We took a drive around the corner from us about 7:45p so we could get a front row spot to see the President’s motorcade drive by after he finished his rally at James Day Park. We stood on the sidewalk across from our neighborhood McDonald’s and Mr. Chicken as we watched the sun starting to set above the golden arches. His motorcade was supposed to pass us around 8:30p, but it was not until after 9:30p did we get the opportunity to see the entire Presidential motorcade.
While we sat there on the curb with all of the other residents who came for this photo-op, we all watched intensely as the police setup barricades and cleared Pleasant Valley Road which is normally heavily populated with cars. As the minutes passed, we all kept watching in the direction of where the Presidential motorcade would be arriving from, and at one point, there was a strange feeling that we got – it was at that point when we realized that all the cars were finally off this heavily traveled road and silence set in. The only sounds that we could hear was the police helicopter that was circling above the area.
Then, all of a sudden, from on top of the hill we could see the police lights coming down the road towards us. You could hear everyone saying “get your camera out” or “get ready, here he comes”, as everyone leaned over the curb to see around the person in front of them. Police on motorcycles drove up the road in front of the Presidential motorcade telling everyone to stay on the curb, and before we knew it, the Presidential motorcade was upon us. The motorcade drove by everyone quickly with police escorts as well as the State Troopers and everyone got to see the Presidential bus that Barack Obama was on all decked out in maroon with the Presidential Seal on the front and side. This whole photo-op actually lasted only a few minutes, but we can say that we were there when the President drove by our neighboring city of Parma, OH.
The Presidential Photo-op:
Daddy getting his video ready on his cell phone
The heavily traveled street, now empty
The Presidential Bus