It's not every day a sitting President makes his way to Central New York. And whether or not they agreed with his policies, a large crowd came out to greet President Barack Obama as he made his way to Henninger High School in Syracuse. Some wanted to draw his attention to a cause they support. Others were just hoping for a wave. As our Sarah Blazonis tells us, all say it was an experience they're not likely to forget.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The first sign that it wasn't your typical day on Teall Avenue: The traffic.
"I have never, in all the years I've lived in this area, I have never seen the traffic like this and like I said, all of the security, it's unbelievable," said Marilyn Adams, who's lived on Teall Ave. throughout most of her life.
Then came the temporary neighbors.
"We came out today to see Barack Obama. It's a once in a lifetime thing to have the President come to your hometown," said Joey Andaloro of Syracuse.
He and his dad played chess along the roadside while waiting for the President to arrive.
Crowds lined the street hours before the Presidential motorcade was scheduled to arrive. They didn't have tickets to his speech at Henninger High School, but it didn't make the moment any less special.
"I've seen every Democratic president since Johnson. I haven't really seen Obama, he doesn't come to New York that often, so just kind of keeps it going, 'til Hilary," said Liverpool resident Bill Howard.
But not everyone would be satisfied with a smile and nod from the Commander-in-Chief.
Protesters gathered to try to call attention to a number of different causes. The largest and loudest of the groups were the anti-fracking activists.
"I think we'll have hundreds by the time the President gets here and I think we really want to show him that New Yorkers don't want this and to show him how passionate people are," said Alex Beauchamp, Northeast Region Director for Food and Water Watch.
The crowd hung around through downpours to finally welcome Ground Force One to Teall Ave.
"Especially here in Central New York, you don't get to see a standing President . So exciting," said Sue Grobsmith, who drove from Elbridge with her daughter and grandson to try to catch a glimpse of the President. "He was right in front of the bus waving. I think he waved directly to me!"
It was over in a few seconds, but many said they'll remember that moment for a lifetime.