Reaction to President Obama's visit

CINCINNATI - Imagine having the chance to not only be in the same room with the president but also ask him a question about how to fix the economy, cut taxes for small businesses or improve education.

That's the experience some had Monday when President Obama visited Music Hall for a town hall meeting.
About 1,200 people were allowed into the auditorium where the President was speaking. But, that was capacity.

That meant about 400 people were left in the overflow area.

Organizers of the event say there were actually more tickets passed out than they had seats for, in the event of no shows. But, it seems nearly everyone did show.

President Obama made it a point to visit the overflow area before heading into the town hall which included some light moments about hair cuts and Girl Scout cookies, as well as serious topics like healthcare, tax breaks for small businesses and the treatment of the LGBT community.

"Today was probably the greatest day. It's my 18th birthday and Barack Obama sang me 'Happy Birthday'," said Adam Hoover, who's openly gay and asked the president about improving the treatment of gays in America.

"I got an answer to a question. Something I never thought would happen especially from the President of the United States," said Hoover.

Meanwhile, Camp Washington barber Tony White was also impressed with his encounter with the president following the event. White and his wife Delicia own a barber and beauty shop. They asked the president about tax breaks for small businesses.

"He's a more personable president and I like him for that. And, hopefully he'll allow me to get my dream of getting his hair cut, you know," White joked.

Before the event, people lined up across the skywalk over Central Parkway to get into Music Hall. Most in line were committed to voting for President Obama. But, some also mentioned the need for unity in Washington.

"What we need is cooperation of the Republican party to work with him to negotiate the changes that are needed, " said Gary Benjamin of Bond Hill. "Without cooperation, nothing gets done," he added.

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