President’s airport arrival is kept low-key

President Barack Obama and Air Force One received a low-key welcome at Grand Junction Regional Airport during his campaign stop Wednesday, compared to the red-carpet greeting during his visit three years ago.

Shortly after landing at 3:30 p.m., Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar were greeted by a group of seven people: State Rep. Roger Wilson, D-Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction City Councilor Bennett Boeschenstein, School District 51 School Board President Greg Mikolai, Ouray County Commissioner Lynn Padgett and Obama For America summer organizers Rachel Seiff, Houston Davidson and William Searfus. 

President Obama shook hands and briefly spoke with each greeter, posed for a group photo, entered his motorcade and proceeded to Grand Junction High School.

Obama’s previous visit to the Grand Valley with first lady Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia was marked by a large welcoming party of city officials, business leaders and Mesa County Democratic Party members.

During his last visit the president also received gifts unique to the Grand Valley, including locally made beer and wine, Palisade peaches, Enstrom’s toffee and jackets from Loki, a Grand Junction outdoor clothing manufacturer.

The president’s departure was even more brief. Upon exiting the motorcade, Obama immediately climbed aboard Air Force One and, after a brief wave to assembled media, disappeared inside. Obama will appear in Pueblo today.


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