The final preparations are being made at Henninger High School as the presidential motorcade gets ready to roll into Central New York. President Obama will be talking about education tonight. Our Iris St. Meran has the latest.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The first two people to claim their spot at Henninger High School are students there. They arrived on Thursday at 4:30 a.m.
They were eventually joined by eight more people by 9 a.m. However, as the day continues, the number of people is expected to grow by the hundreds.
The people waiting say the possibility of getting close to the President is worth the wait.
"When I got here, I was like, okay, I cannot be the first person, but we saw the gates over here, I couldn't believe it, I was the first person here," said Courtney Mangan, a senior at Henninger High School. "It was dark, completely dark out."
"You want to be able to see the President speak, and maybe I'll be able to shake his hand, who knows, but I mean I think it's just a cool experience that he's coming to Syracuse, New York, and a lucky few of us will be able to see him here speaking to us today," said Joey Binder, a senior at Manlius Pebble Hill.
The doors opened at 3 p.m. for the President's 6 p.m. event.