ATLANTA (WAOK)- It was the second visit to Atlanta by President Barack Obama in three months. The president arrived at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport shortly after 11 am for a quick fundraising visit that included remarks before a crowd of supporters and an impromptu stop at one of Atlanta’s landmark restaurants to the delight of lunchtime customers.
Here is a snapshot of the president’s movements taken from White House pool reporters traveling with POTUS today:
At 10:55 a.m., the final airplanes took off or landed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, minutes before the arrival of Air Force One. Pres. Barack Obama is en route to Atlanta.At 11:11 a.m., the last plane landed at Hartsfield-Jackson. Two white lights on Air Force One are in view. Expected touchdown is 11:15 a.m.
Doors are open on Air Force One. The president emerges to cheers. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, Clayton County Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell and Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves were among the dignitaries on hand to greet the president.
Obama poses for pictures with more than a dozen local dignitaries, then goes to press the flesh with the throng of well-wishers assembled to meet him at Hartsfield-Jackson. Shortly after 11:30 a.m., the president’s motorcade leaves.
What’ll you have?” Obama was greeted with as he walked into Atlanta landmark, The Varsity, at the start of the lunch rush.
He ordered five chili dogs, four hotdogs and a cheeseburger for his traveling staff and Mayor Kasim Reed and Reed’s mother Sylvia Reed.
The president greeted a group of school children and some military personnel before leaving for his first fundraiser.
About 500 people attended the a fundraising reception Tuesday at the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel. “I’m glad to be back in Atlanta,” Obama told the crowd before acknowledging Mayor Kasim Reed and civil rights activist the Rev Joseph Lowery, who watched the president’s speech from a wheelchair.
“We rise and fall together,” Obama told the crowd. The responded by interrupting his speech chanting “Four more years! Four more years!”
Georgia Tech student and U.S. Air Force ROTC cadet Michael Evans wasn’t expecting to meet his Commander-in-Chief when his parents took him to lunch Tuesday. “Somebody asked me if I wanted to meet the president,” a still astonished Evans told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. And Obama walked into one of the dining rooms after ordering his lunch to greet the young cadet, fresh from field training at Maxwell Air Force Base. “He just got his wings,” Evans’ father, Robert Evans said, beaming with pride. “And this is the first person he meets when he comes back to town.”
Following his reception with an estimated 500 supporters, Obama met in a private roundtable with about 20 people. While tickets for the reception started at $500 with a limited “Gen44” youth campaigner tickets going for $250, the private roundtable cost $35,000.
When the roundtable ends, Obama will leave Atlanta, with a scheduled 3:30 departure, and fly to Miami for more fund raising.
At 2:49 p.m., heading back to the airport.
Just before 3 p.m., Obama and his entourage return to Hartsfield and board Air Force One. At 3:07 p.m., the jumbo jet lumbers away from its parking place and onto the taxi way.
Wheels are up at 3:12 , and Obama has left Atlanta for south Florida.
President Obama left Atlanta for another fundraiser in Miami. He expected to raise about $3 million today from his latest visit to Atlanta. Democratic leaders say they plan to bring the president back to Atlanta again in August