President Raises Crowd’s Optimism In Minnesota By Bill Sorem | August 15, 2011 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Economy/Jobs Subscribe to Economy/Jobs Click on picture to listen to reaction from people who watch President Obama's speech Click on picture to listen to reaction from people who watch President Obama's speechSmall town Minnesota had a distinguished visitor today, August 15, 2011. President Obama held a town meeting on the banks of the Cannon River in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. People leaving were happy and bubbling about his appearance and his message. The crowd of about 300 was not screened, tickets were limited to two per person. His speech and the question and answer session were greeted with cheers and enthusiasm. His optimism seemed to be infectious as the crowd filed out to the country fair grounds to retrieve their cars. People were impressed that the President answered questions instead of talking around them. Cannon Falls is in a strong Republican area, so not surprisingly there were a few critical signs posted on the road in, but the arrival streets were full of cheering citizens who didn’t get the prized tickets. More photos from President Obama’s visit to Cannon Falls, Minnesota Site before dawn The crowd waits Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.