Austin leaders greet President Obama

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by KVUE News

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Posted on July 17, 2012 at 6:44 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 17 at 5:32 PM

AUSTIN -- Just before 4 p.m. Tuesday Air Force One landed at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport with President Barack Obama in tow. Air Force One plane flew in from San Antonio where President Obama made his first stop in the Lone Star State.

Austin is President Obama's second stop on a one-day tour of Texas. He's raising campaign dollars.

From ABIA the presidential motorcade will head downtown to the Austin Music Hall. The streets around the music hall showed signs of a big visit earlier Tuesday. Parking meters stretching out several blocks around the AMH were covered in orange bags, and there was a sign warning drivers that no parking was allowed. Special event parking signs were also posted along the sidewalk.
 
This is President Obama's third trip to Austin in the past three years.
 
Austin City Council member Mike Martinez welcomed the president to town.
 
“It’s just a special day when the president comes to your town, so we want Austin to show him the love and welcome him to Austin,” explained Martinez. “He has a tremendous amount of support here. He loves Austin. Austin loves him.”
 
Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Police Chief Art Acevedo and the city manager also greeted President Obama.
 
The president's tour in Texas is expected to reach record fundraising numbers. His campaign sources say they hope to leave Austin with $3.5 million. Tickets to see him range from $250 per person at the Austin Music Hall to $25,000 per couple as guests at a private fundraising dinner at the Four Seasons Residences.
 
The dinner immediately follows his speech at AMH. All guests must pass a background check.

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