Students, faculty and staff waiting in line to get President Obama tickets

Three words explained University of Colorado Denver student Ashley Idrees’ willingness to get in line at the Tivoli Student Center at 5:50 a.m. Oct. 25 for tickets to President Barack Obama’s Wednesday morning speech: “I love Obama.”

Idrees, a graduate student in linguistics, joined several thousand other Auraria Campus students, faculty and staff who stood in a line that snaked around the building.

The President is expected to speak about his American Jobs Act as well as make remarks that are intended to connect with students.

“I think it’s fantastic — getting the student vote. That’s what’s necessary (for him),” Idrees said. “We’ll be the future one day.”

Leah Haugen, a senior studying communications, said she hopes the President will offer some ideas about job creation. So far, she’s not impressed with what Republican candidates have offered on that subject. “I think it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Haugen said of seeing the President. “It’s just really exciting to be a part of it.”

On Oct. 26, doors at the Events Center will open at 8 a.m. for those who received the limited number of free tickets. His speech is expected to begin at 10:30 a.m.

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