You may be out of luck if you don't already have tickets to the President's speech at Henninger High School on Thursday. Dozens of people were turned away less than an hour after the tickets were available. However, YNN's Sarah Blazonis tells us about the people who walked away with their own "golden ticket".
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- They say waiting is the hardest part, but if you wanted to snag a ticket to President Obama's speech on education Thursday, waiting was the name of the game.
"I got in line around, what was it, about 9 a.m.?" said Lauria Williams.
"I got in line at 6:20," said Jeanne Maynard of Eastwood.
"After 17 hours, we got our tickets!" said Summer Moustafa. She started her wait at 7 p.m. on Monday night.
Rosario Anamaria was the first up when the doors opened at noon. She and her group came prepared with cots, blankets, and lawnchairs when they arrived at 7 p.m. on Monday.
"It's been going good. It's tiring, it's exciting, we're all overjoyed with excitement because this is a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Anamaria.
About 150 people behind Anamaria was Jeanne Maynard and her boys.
"I'm gonna get my golden ticket no matter what. I will have my golden ticket," said Maynard.
They brought along lawn chairs for their wait. Like others in line, they said it was a chance they couldn't pass up.
"You know, the President, regardless of who it is, they're coming to the high school that my boys are going to. It's pretty big," said Maynard.
Across the parking lot, on the other side of the line's loop was a woman who says she feels a personal connection to this visit.
"That's my Commander in Chief! Why not? I'm on leave, and I heard my Commander in Chief was coming to town, so I had to get in line," said Williams, a member of the United States Army.
Unlike a lot of others, Lauria Williams came with a bottle of water as her only supply.
"I'm used to standing in the sun, so it's no problem for me," she said.
And when the doors finally opened at noon, all that waiting paid off for some, but demand was high, and dozens were left empty handed.
Josephine Atkins missed getting through the doors by just a handful of people, but says it was something she had to try.
And while the wait was finally over for some, they haven't packed away their patience just yet.
"We're going to start camping at 7 a.m. to make sure we get a good spot close to see our president," said Moustafa.
The doors at Henninger will open at 3 p.m. on Thursday for his 6 p.m. speech. Those attending the event are reminded to expect airport-like security and are asked not to bring bags.