Owings Mills Reacts to Tuesday Obama Visit
"Ummm, it costs $50k to get in." - Jay Lee on Twitter.
Owings Mills and Reisterstown residents reacted with a mix of excitement and disappointment to President Obama's appearance Tuesday at an Owings Mills luncheon, which was a fundraiser limited to people who reportedly paid between $10,000 and $50,000 to attend.
Residents standing at Reisterstown and Greenspring Valley roads took pictures and waved to the presidential motorcade, which arrived at the home of Josh and Genine Fidler in Owings Mills at 12:27 p.m., according to White House Press Pool reports.
Of course, not everyone was able to go, and disappointment over lack of access spilled over onto social media.
“President Obama is in Owings Mills for a lunch before heading to [Baltimore]…and umm it costs $50k to get in,” wrote Jay Lee on Twitter.
“I told my mom that Obama is in Owings Mills and she texts me back asking me if I want to go #iwish #butiamnotrich,” tweeted @ARGUET_At_me.
Another person on Twitter, @MommyLissa_Love wrote how Obama is "right up the street from where I live."
Obama was greeted by about three dozen local residents Tuesday as his motorcade drove to the fundraiser shortly after noon, according to the White House press report.
Marine One landed at McDonogh School at 12:15 p.m., and the president emerged from the helicopter two minutes later, the pool report said.
Some Patch readers expressed dismay over who in Owings Mills would actually get to talk to him.
“Does it matter?” wrote Brett Stevens. “No common person in Owings Mills will get within a mile of him to ask.”
Another reader said she supported Obama and said she wished she could "give a big contribution to his campaign."
Among the attendees were Maryland Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Rep. John Sarbanes and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the White House report said. About 120 people attended the event, according to WBAL.
Governor Martin O’Malley welcomed the president at the luncheon, praising him for job creation and expressing his support for a second term.
The president spoke for about 10 minutes, saying the country is moving in the right direction but he needs another term to continue that momentum.
“The good news is, the American people generally agree with our vision,” Obama said, according to the White House report.
“…The challenge is because folks are still hurting right now, the other side feels that it's enough for them to just sit back and say, 'Things aren't as good as they should be and it's Obama's fault.' And, you can pretty much put their campaign on a tweet and have some characters to spare.”