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Thousands wait in line Wednesday for tickets to see President Obama speak

Thousands wait in line Wednesday for tickets to see President Obama speak

By Colleen Hogan. CREATED Jul 18, 2012

FT. MYERS, Fla. - Calling for four more years of President Obama, hundreds of south Floridians sweat it out in brutal heat and humidity for the chance to see him in person Friday morning. 

Mr. Obama will speak Friday morning at the Harborside Event Center in downtown Ft. Myers.
 
Wednesday morning, at the Obama headquarters in Ft. Myers, people lined up for blocks for a chance to hear President Obama speak.
 
Ft. Myers resident Erma Smith was among the masses. She was one of the first to get her ticket. 
 
"I'm just so thankful," Smith said. "I'm 70 years old, and I'm just so thankful that I've lived long enough to see a black man in the chair."
 
Hundreds, maybe even thousands of people, grabbed their umbrellas and headed downtown to get in line for the ticket give-away hours before the tickets started to get handed out at noon.
 
The line snaked around three city blocks. Cars drove by, honking their support.
 
"He knows what he's doing and we need to give him another four years," Ft. Myers Councilwoman Teresa Watkins Brown said.
 
Volunteers handed out hundreds of tickets, the last one going out at before 4:00 p.m. Those who didn't get one were put on a waiting list.
 
Colleen Hogan, reporter
chogan@fox4now.com