Obama supporters line up for chance to see the president Friday

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Teresa Cowens was first. Then came Desiree Suarez.

Around 8 a.m. Wednesday, the two women plopped down their chairs in a shady spot in front of the Democratic Executive Committee of Collier County's office, near Livingston and Pine Ridge roads. The weather was hot and there was barely a breeze, but the two North Naples women were in it for the long haul.

Cowens and Suarez were among the hundreds of people who flocked to one of three Southwest Florida locations in hopes of getting tickets to see President Barack Obama speak at a public rally Friday at Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers. The two women were some of the first locals to receive tickets shortly after doors opened at noon.

"I wanted to make sure to get tickets," said an excited Suarez. "I didn't get to see him last time."

Campaign officials did not say how many tickets were distributed Wednesday afternoon, but tickets at the Collier County committee office ran out shortly before 2 p.m. Campaign staff directed about two dozen people still waiting to either the Obama for America-Florida office on Golden Gate Parkway or the one in Fort Myers. Those tickets were expected to be gone by the end of the day.

Obama was last in Fort Myers in 2009 to rally support for his $800 billion-plus stimulus package. That event also was held at Harborside Event Center, and officials at the time said the center ran out of the advertised 1,500 tickets in about 25 minutes.

Ashley McCann, a North Naples resident, and her two children were in the middle of the line when the doors opened in Naples.

McCann said she wanted to bring the children so they'd have a chance to experience history. She packed up snacks and water and waited for a couple of hours before the line began moving.

"It's very important," she said. "Despite the fact we live in a Republican area, (for Democrats) to come out and have a voice."

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman and chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said in a press call Wednesday the campaign was hoping to rally support across the state.

"We're not ceding any corner of Florida," she said.

Hundreds of people were in front of Obama for America's Fort Myers office, a white, two-story home on Fowler Street. Some folks, like Lehigh Acres residents Cindy Lowe and James Cerby scored their prime spots by getting to the office late Tuesday night.

Lowe said the president needs more support to put policies in place to revitalize Lehigh Acres.

"We're hurting really, really bad," Lowe said.

But hours in the heat has its consequences. At least one person was taken away on a stretcher because of heat exhaustion, and supporters complained about the hot weather.

Those who got their tickets left thrilled and immediately began making plans for Friday. Cowens and Suarez, the first two people in line Naples, exchanged phone numbers and agreed to car pool.

They plan to be in line around 6 a.m. Friday.

Staff writer Jacob Carpenter and NBC-2 reporter Chad Oliver contributed to this report.

Downtown Fort Myers parking map for Friday

Downtown Fort Myers parking map for Friday

Location: Harborside Event Center, 1375 Monroe Street, Fort Myers

Doors open: 9 a.m.

President’s expected speech time: 11:20 a.m.

Parking: Parking will be prohibited on Hendry Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and Edwards Drive, and on Edwards Drive between Monroe and Hendry streets. Free parking for two hours will be available from Bay Street to Second Street, and Monroe Street to Jackson Street. Parking in the City of Palms parking garage will be restricted to people attending the Harborside event. The cost to park is $4 and people will be required to show their ticket to event.

Directions from Naples: Take Interstate 75 north to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Exit and head west into downtown Fort Myers. At Monroe Street, make a right and go four blocks to Bay Street.

Take U.S. 41 north into downtown Fort Myers. Just before you cross over the Caloosahatchee River take the last exit into downtown on your right. The exit puts you on Main Street. Go two blocks to Monroe Street and make a left.

What to expect: Doors open at 9 a.m. Expect long lines and security checks when entering the event center.

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26yearsonmarco writes:

Klaus,

If you happen to run into these guys during your Obama visit, keep your hand on your wallet.

I wonder if these guys will be with Obama???

Franklin Raines - was a Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Fannie Mae. Raines was forced to retire from his position with Fannie Mae when auditing discovered severe irregularities in Fannie Mae's accounting activities. Raines left with a "golden parachute valued at $240 Million in benefits. The Government filed suit against Raines when the depth of the accounting scandal became clear.

Tim Howard - was the Chief Financial Officer of Fannie Mae. Howard "was a strong internal proponent of using accounting strategies that would ensure a "stable pattern of earnings" at Fannie. Investigations by federal regulators and the company's board of directors
Since concluded that management did manipulate 1998 earnings to trigger bonuses. Raines and Howard resigned under pressure in late 2004. Howard's Golden Parachute was estimated at $20 Million!

Jim Johnson - A former executive at Lehman Brothers and who was later forced from his position as Fannie Mae CEO. Investigators found that Fannie Mae had hidden a substantial amount of Johnson's 1998 compensation from the public, reporting that it was between $6 million and $7 million when it fact it was $21 million." Johnson is currently under investigation for taking illegal loans from Countrywide while serving as CEO of Fannie Mae. Johnson's Golden Parachute was estimated at $28 Million.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

FRANKLIN RAINES?

Raines works for the Obama Campaign as his Chief Economic Advisor.

TIM HOWARD?

Howard is a Chief Economic Advisor to Obama under Franklin Raines.

JIM JOHNSON?

Johnson was hired as a Senior Obama Finance Advisor and was selected to run Obama's Vice Presidential Search Committee.

ajm3s writes:

For those that still drink the Obama Koolaid, consider this for job performance. Imagine, the President does not attend or hold meetings with his Job Council to which the President claims jobs is his #1 concern.

And for those who still believe this President is competent, I ask, if you had a specific problem and you created a specific council to address and
review this problem, would you then not attend or discuss with those members.

In contrast, you attend fund raising events to support your candidacy for 4 more years.

Imagine, as a CEO of America you cannot attend meetings with your own staff to solve major issues, while at night you can go out and wine and dine and raise funds for your own candidacy.

I believe it is time for the Board of Directors (i.e. American voter) to begin the process of finding a new leader.

Even the PR Director cannot defend the President, except to say the President is concentrated on the middle class.

http://go.bloomberg.com/political-cap...

Folks, wake up!!!!!!

August8 writes:

Not to worry, this Cat is toast and he sealed the deal this week shooting of his mouth critising bussiness owner's.
Absolutely the biggest mistake America ever made.

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot writes:

in response to 26yearsonmarco:

Klaus,

If you happen to run into these guys during your Obama visit, keep your hand on your wallet.

I wonder if these guys will be with Obama???

Franklin Raines - was a Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Fannie Mae. Raines was forced to retire from his position with Fannie Mae when auditing discovered severe irregularities in Fannie Mae's accounting activities. Raines left with a "golden parachute valued at $240 Million in benefits. The Government filed suit against Raines when the depth of the accounting scandal became clear.

Tim Howard - was the Chief Financial Officer of Fannie Mae. Howard "was a strong internal proponent of using accounting strategies that would ensure a "stable pattern of earnings" at Fannie. Investigations by federal regulators and the company's board of directors
Since concluded that management did manipulate 1998 earnings to trigger bonuses. Raines and Howard resigned under pressure in late 2004. Howard's Golden Parachute was estimated at $20 Million!

Jim Johnson - A former executive at Lehman Brothers and who was later forced from his position as Fannie Mae CEO. Investigators found that Fannie Mae had hidden a substantial amount of Johnson's 1998 compensation from the public, reporting that it was between $6 million and $7 million when it fact it was $21 million." Johnson is currently under investigation for taking illegal loans from Countrywide while serving as CEO of Fannie Mae. Johnson's Golden Parachute was estimated at $28 Million.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

FRANKLIN RAINES?

Raines works for the Obama Campaign as his Chief Economic Advisor.

TIM HOWARD?

Howard is a Chief Economic Advisor to Obama under Franklin Raines.

JIM JOHNSON?

Johnson was hired as a Senior Obama Finance Advisor and was selected to run Obama's Vice Presidential Search Committee.

Umm, you missed several hundred others that all should be in prison. What Tim Howard did was made legal in 2009. The suspension of fasb157. Mark to market is now mark to fantasy. Howard was just ahead of the times. What Raines did was nothing compared to what Paulson did forcing the tax payers to bail out all his buddies on wall street.

All these guys should be in prison!

lauralbi1 writes:

You know, I hear that he is getting a throng of followers on Friday and NOBODY is having to take a day or partial day "off work" !!!!
Ed Issler

RayPray writes:

in response to lauralbi1:

You know, I hear that he is getting a throng of followers on Friday and NOBODY is having to take a day or partial day "off work" !!!!
Ed Issler

As I beheld his Chicago Sublimity, I felt I was near the presence of God!

If only he had blessed me with a government job, maybe TSA groper, with a bright blue uniform of importance, I would have been confirmed in this belief.

If only everyone would vote for His Sublimity and then got a government job, with or without a pleasant uniform, there'd be nohow that some wicked private equity demon like Robot Romney could outsource them to India or China, where there was no government union to funnel dues.

August8 writes:

Rolo don't even worry about it, before this is over we will all be racist and guy's like Klaus can't wait to throw it out there. So, call me a racist if you like but I think the real racist is in the White House.

RayNetherwood writes:

Barf. Can't stay in Washington for even a day. The biggest loser America has ever had to endure. Maybe we can send the incompetent crook back to Chicago.

Affirmative Action is a failure in the workplace and it is in politics as well.

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