President Raises Crowd’s Optimism In Minnesota

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Optimistic person after President Obama speech in Cannon Falls, MN

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 speech

Small 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

Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

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