On his way from Buffalo to Syracuse, President Obama decided to make a stop in Seneca Falls. That's where several residents had an up close encounter with him. Our Candace Hopkins has their story.
SENECA FALLS, N.Y. -- "I said 'oh, Mr. President, I love you, I love you,' and he looked up, oh, right in my face, and said, 'I love you too,' and he was all smilely," said Myrna Pollino.
Thursday was a day Myrna Pollino will never forget: The day she met President Obama. She and her grandsons, Paul and Joey, gathered on Paul's balcony to await the President in Seneca Falls. Paul lives across the street from the Women's Rights National Historic Park Visitors Center. After spending a few minutes inside the museum, the President walked out and headed right towards Pollino.
"He walked right across the street and came directly, directly underneath where I'm standing right now and my grandmother had yelled to him and he yelled back and he was at least less than five feet away from me," Paul Pollino-Deal said.
Myra was instantly star-struck.
"He is delightfully friendly and all smiles and that hair, so gorgeous, and he's just, yeah, good going Michelle," she said.
The President then turned his attention to Paul's downstairs neighbor.
"I took a few pictures and then he came up and shook my hand and I was really shocked, my eyes popped out and my heart was pounding," said Sherri Minns.
These residents never imagined simply hanging out at home could lead to such a memorable experience.
Paul Pollino-Deal said, "I got it into my head, well, maybe this could be pretty interesting, this is the President of the United States, I'm gonna get a beer, I'm gonna sit on the porch and I'm gonna watch and I didn't expect any of that, any of that whatsoever."
Overall, the President spent less than 30 minutes here, but he left these residents with memories they'll remember for a lifetime.