President Obama, Michelle Obama receive warm welcome in Houston


by Rucks Russell / KHOU 11 News

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 10 at 7:58 AM

HOUSTON -- For the president and first lady, it was a welcomed arrival on a warm Texas day after Air Force One touched down at Bush Intercontinental Airport Wednesday afternoon.

They were greeted there by the airport’s namesake, former president George H.W. Bush who was seated in a wheelchair.

Then the Obama’s traveled by way of an elaborate motorcade, down the Hardy Toll Road and into Houston's Museum district for a private round-table discussion at the home of a local attorney.

An hour or so later, they moved on to a private fundraiser in River Oaks, where according to published reports, attendees paid up to 64 thousand dollars for a ticket.

In the meantime, police blocked off several downtown streets near the hotel where Mister and Mrs. Obama were expected to spend the night.

Security was so tight, bomb sniffing dogs checked out Houston police cars.

People who work and live in the area had to improvise to get around. Gerald LeBlanc is staying at the same hotel. “I’ve got a friend picking me up and we’ll go out and eat super," said Leblanc. "And then I’ll walk back to the Hotel.”

While many people tried to avoid the traffic tie ups, one family came downtown hoping to catch a glimpse of the Commander and Chief.

"My fingers crossed we’ll meet him but probably not," said Paul Clark.

But Clark and his family did manage to see the presidential motorcade arriving at that downtown hotel, where the Obama's were expected to spend the night before departing for Austin in the morning.