Hundreds Turn Out for Obama Tickets
Published: Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Updated: Monday, April 18, 2011 02:04
As campus geared up for President Obama's visit to the Hilltop, hundreds of university community members descended on the Leavey Center Tuesday in the hopes of receiving tickets for Obama's Wednesday speech on energy security in McDonough Arena.
With some students arriving as early as 10 a.m. for tickets, the line stretched from Leavey's Athletic Hall of Fame through Sellinger Lounge, winding around Hoya Court and ending in front of the Georgetown University Alumni and Student Federal Credit Union.
Diana Sainvil (MSB '14) had been one of the first people standing in line at 10 a.m. yesterday after she rushed to Leavey following her first class.
"I've always dreamed of coming to Georgetown and seeing the president," she said.
Staff for the event began handing out the tickets beginning at 4:30 p.m. to students with a GoCard identification, despite the mass university email stating that tickets would be distributed at 6 p.m.
Yadira Vieyra (COL '11), who attended Obama's April 2009 speech at Georgetown, waited in line from 1 p.m. on to score a second chance to see him.
"It's my senior year. I think it's a privilege to get to see him speak at Georgetown twice in my Georgetown career," she said.
Many students felt like they could not pass up the opportunity to see the commander in chief in action.
"It's kind of like the quintessential D.C. experience," Andrew Sheariss (MSB '14) said.
— Hoya Staff Writer Sarah Kaplan contributed to this report.