Obama fan gets close view of president in motorcade

By PAT BAHR
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Tim Osborne’s single goal Saturday was to see Air Force One.

Not only did the 56-year-old Grand Junction resident see the famous plane, but he also came within 5 feet of President Obama’s limousine on his way into Grand Junction.

“He was in the second limo back, and it was really cool to see him,” Osborne said. “I didn’t think they’d let us get that close.”

Osborne was one of the spectators who made their way to the roads around the Grand Junction Regional Airport to watch the 33-car motorcade pass by.

With the police closing down Horizon Drive at
2:30 p.m., local residents lined H Road to get close to the airport and possibly catch a glimpse of the 44th president.

Osborne walked through the weed-filled area by the airport to get close to the road that leads from the tarmac. That’s where the president’s motorcade traveled.

“I really wanted to see Air Force One and was trying to get over to the end of the runway and get a photo of it coming in,” Osborne said. “I saw some other people walking over to the road and got to see President Obama pass by.”

Osborne said he is an Obama supporter, and he was excited about the president’s visit to Grand Junction.

“To live in Grand Junction and see the president of the United States here is pretty cool,” Osborne said. “It was absolutely awesome.”

As for the rest of the day, Osborne said he didn’t plan to follow the motorcade to Central High School, but he was going to watch the town hall meeting on television at his home.

As for Osborne’s impression of the president’s plane, he said it exceeded his expectations.

“I’ve never seen it before, and to see it, it was unbelievable,” he said.


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