Similar to his other stops along the upstate tour, hundreds of people lined the streets of Vestal to greet the President as his motorcade rolled into town. But not everyone was there just for the experience. YNN's Chris Whalen caught up with some of the people who had a message for the President.
VESTAL, N.Y. – It was an exciting day at Binghamton University as the president stopped by for a town hall meeting on day two of his trip across New York State. Only a select group chosen by a lottery system were able to see the president in person as hundreds of others gathered around campus to catch a glimpse of the 44th president of the U.S.
A mixed reception greeted President Barack Obama as he arrived at Binghamton University Friday. Some were excited.
"I'm thrilled he's in town," said Apalachin resident Shirley Williams.
Some looking to get their chance to tell the present what they say he's doing wrong
"You could stand here from now 'till tomorrow with the issues that the country disagrees with," said Al Belardinelli, an Endwell resident.
And others who just wanted to experience the once in a lifetime opportunity.
Binghamton resident Jennifer Benjamin said, "I just think it's a great milestone for our area."
Only about 200 BU students faculty and staff got tickets to watch his town hall meeting, an issue with which many had a problem.
Williams said, "I'm just disappointed that I couldn't get in there and see him face to face."
"I was a little upset about that. I thought it would be great for the kids to have a chance to see him and everything because they could be future BU students," Benjamin said.
"Come chat with us. We'd love to have him here for that," Belardinelli said.
Gathering in and around campus was their only other option and only gave them a brief chance to try and get their thoughts across to the commander-in-chief.
"I think I might ask him a question about health care since I'm 65 and over. I have a lot of questions about his health care program," said Apalachin resident Carol Hynes.
Belardinelli said, "Obama said he was going to transform this country and that's just what he's doing is transforming us into a socialist state. We oppose that."
"Keep in mind the little people," Benjamin said. "There's a lot of people that are being looked over. Some of the ones that are classified as lower class and just keep them in mind."
The chaos has died down now at campus, some people making their way out still. Not everyone was lucky enough to see the president up close, but it is certainly a day people will look back and say 'I was in town when President Barack Obama visited.'