Hundreds Line Up for Tickets to President Obama’s Speech

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SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio—Hundreds of people are lined up in freezing temperatures to get a ticket to see President Barack Obama speak about the economy Wednesday at Shaker Heights High School.

"I like President Obama. I'm a fan of his and I think it's an honor to be able to hear him," said Sean Brown, who picked up a reserved ticket to see the President, earlier Tuesday.

"I like to hear what he is going to do about the economy. This is the political season. I think he's going to start 'stumping,' if you will, for re-election. I'd like to know what he's going to do," Brown said.

President Obama is slated to speak to a large crown inside the school gym Wednesday after 1 p.m.

Shaker Hts. Schools Superintendent Mark Freeman said the entire senior class is invited to attend.

"Only those students who want to attend. I think that most will," Freeman said.

President Obama spoke at the same school in 2009.

Freeman said he does not know why The White House chose the same school for this speech, but he hopes it was not by chance.

"Hopefully we were excellent hosts for the President before, and the White House remembered that, so we are just very pleased he's coming back," Freeman said.

The areas surrounding the school will be restricted before and during the President's visit.

"We anticipate... it will be congested. There will be very, very limited parking," Freeman said.

Police and school officials want people who are attending to take public transportation or be dropped off near the school, and walk to the venue.

The doors open at 10:30 a.m.