UPDATE: Tickets available noon Saturday for Tuesday Waterloo Obama event

2012-08-11T10:00:00Z 2012-08-13T21:41:44Z UPDATE: Tickets available noon Saturday for Tuesday Waterloo Obama eventBy PAT KINNEY, pat.kinney@wcfcourier.com Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

WATERLOO, Iowa — President Barack Obama will appear at the RiverLoop Amphitheater Tuesday evening, the Obama campaign confirmed at midday Friday.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The campaign is not specifying a start time for the program, so people will arrive in plenty of time. Local sources say a start time of approximately 8 p.m. is anticipated.

Ticket distribution for the event begins at noon Saturday at local Obama campaign headquarters at 512 Mulberry St., in the former Mandarin Cafe building across from Lincoln Park. It is also where Black Hawk County Democrats' headquarters are located.

The Tuesday event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entrance. One ticket per person will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

People can find out if tickets are still available calling Obama Waterloo headquarters, 610-5899, or Black Hawk County Democrats at 236-2992.


Previous story:

WATERLOO — President Barack Obama will ride into Waterloo on a tour bus for a 8 p.m. Tuesday campaign appearance in Waterloo, at a venue likely to be in or near downtown, multiple sources said Thursday.

Erin Seidler, a Waterloo native working with the Obama Iowa campaign said the president will be traveling via tour bus on a three-day swing through several Iowa cities. The Waterloo stop will be at the end of the second day, after campaign stops earlier that day in Oskaloosa and Marshalltown. The swing begins Monday in Council Bluffs and Boone.

Black Hawk County Democrats chairwoman Pat Sass confirmed the 8 p.m. Tuesday start time for the Waterloo event, but not a location, though she did confirm the president will appear in Waterloo, and not any large venue in Cedar Falls.

Multiple sources say the president will be appearing at the new RiverLoop Amphitheatre, off Cedar Street downtown between US Bank and the Waterloo Center for the Arts. Amphitheater event coordinator Melissa McKean said Thursday she was not at liberty to comment.

Seidler said it is campaign policy not to comment publicly on any campaign venue site until a contract for facility’s use has been signed. She said it also has not yet been confirmed whether the president will stay overnight in Waterloo, his last stop for the day, before heading to rallies in Dubuque and Davenport on Wednesday, when he will be joined by first lady Michelle Obama.

According to longtime local politicos and Courier files, Tuesday evening’s event is the first presidential visit to Waterloo in eight years and only the third in nearly 30. President George W. Bush held a re-election rally at Waterloo Riverfront Stadium in 2004 and President Ronald Reagan appeared at McElroy Auditorium on the National Cattle Congress grounds in 1984.

Obama was here multiple times in 2007-08 as a U.S. senator and presidential candidate prior to the 2008 Iowa Caucuses. Former President Bill Clinton, after leaving office, also appeared at the NCC fairgrounds in early 2008, campaigning prior to the caucuses for his wife, then U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, now U.S. secretary of state.

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  1. timbrackett
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    timbrackett - August 16, 2012 3:11 pm
    People who lack understanding of a topic would do well to not address the topic. Even most supporters of the Keystone Pipeline agree that if the pipeline is built it will actually cause gas prices to increase in the Central U.S.
    (Having said that, it seems pretty clear to me that if Obama is reelected he will approve the Keystone pipeline. He's just delaying until after the election because he needs the environmentalist voting bloc.)
  2. reojoe
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    reojoe - August 14, 2012 12:12 am
    Why weren't you talking about gas when it went down?
  3. YouCantHandleTheTruth
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    YouCantHandleTheTruth - August 12, 2012 11:57 pm
    This is incredibly selective memory, and misrepresenting facts for your argument.

    Is your memory seriously this bad? Do you not remember paying 2-3 dollars for gas for several YEARS before Obama was elected? Going back to 2001? As reojoe pointed out, the highest point of gas during the Obama presidency still hasn't matched the highest point during the Bush years ($4.12 in the Summer of 2008). Actually, gas hadn't dipped below two dollars a gallon for 3 1/2 years prior to that. The average price of gas the year before Obama took office was around $3 dollars a gallon, with a high at $4.12 as I said.

    Yes, there was a brief point in time when gas dropped all the way down to $1.83 a gallon prior to Obama's inauguration. This was also a temporary freak low, and in no way the norm.

    Here you go, refresh your memory and get rid of your amnesia: http://gasbuddy.com/gb_retail_price_chart.aspx

  4. whtnationalist
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    whtnationalist - August 11, 2012 7:06 pm
    Before someone jumps down my throat journalists have totalled up the benefits of welfare in several states. In Massachusetts it is equivalent to about $40,000 a year. Of course that study was about 10 years ago.
  5. whtnationalist
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    whtnationalist - August 11, 2012 7:05 pm
    "victim" cards.. what are those? Are those the ebt cards that can be used anything, including booze and tobacco? Food stamps are in the form of a separate ebt card. Or are those the race cards that get played all the time? Don't forget the free cell phones and medicaid cards either. It pays to be poor!
  6. JD Kinnick
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    JD Kinnick - August 11, 2012 7:01 pm

    Gas was $1.83 a gallon when obama took office,...
  7. Think
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    Think - August 11, 2012 6:43 pm
    More hope and change on the way. Gas on the way back to $4.00 but the tree huggers got the keystone pipeline stopped. Gee did he do it for them or just to do even more harm to America. At last Jimmy Carter looks good. All he did was give away the canal.
  8. JD Kinnick
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    JD Kinnick - August 11, 2012 6:35 pm
    Food stamps and "victim" cards will be freely distributed to all obama rally attendees....
  9. whtnationalist
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    whtnationalist - August 11, 2012 4:14 pm
    Seriously, if Obama is going by motorcade can someone give us a heads up on route. I want to stay as far away as possible. There aren't all that many paved roads so avoiding towns would be impossible. It will be a nightmare for anyone trying to shop or driver through those communities.

    Stop bickering about who is responsible for financial mess this country is in. Both political parties buy votes, all voters vote themselves money. National debt is way over $500,000 per working family. It didn't get there overnight.
  10. reojoe
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    reojoe - August 11, 2012 3:32 pm
    False. Gas was NOT 1.79 when he took office, and Obama never had it at over $4, which "president" George C- Bush did.
  11. reojoe
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    reojoe - August 11, 2012 3:31 pm
    When did he "triple our debt?!"

    When was unemployment and poverty at "all-time highs!?"

    When were the work requirements of welfare changed?

    When have we become a socialist country?

    Folks, HERE is hyperbole, and what Rachel Maddow said when she said that republicans have to flat out lie to try to sell their hatred of America.

  12. reojoe
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    reojoe - August 11, 2012 3:28 pm
    Yes, white nationalist (do a search for what these weridos believe in, folks), watch out for "looney libruls!" They are FAR more dangerous than violent racists!
  13. victor672
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    victor672 - August 11, 2012 2:56 pm
    Sorry Andy, but that was TWO Canadian motor coaches for a total of 2.2 million dollars. Creating jobs...just in the wrong country.
  14. skelloch
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    skelloch - August 11, 2012 1:52 pm
    $3.79 gas (compared to $1.79 when he took over) will make it more important to
    use the gas money to go to work (for those that have jobs) than use it to listen to
    a version of Jeremiah Wrights (I hate America) sermons.
  15. AndyDandy
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    AndyDandy - August 11, 2012 1:46 pm
    I am sure after spending 1.1 million dollars on an Motorcoach RV made in Canada, he would surely camp overnight in that thing somewhere along the way. No need to be ringing up a hotel bill anywhere. After all he is very thrifty. He only spent 1.4 trillion dollars more that he brought in this year.
  16. Hammer
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    Hammer - August 11, 2012 12:56 pm
    Yippee!!! Let's all go down and applaud him for tripling our nation's deficit with wasteful government spending, bringing unemployment and poverty to an all time high since the real depression, encouraging people not to work and instead stay on welfare, and doing everything he can to make us a socialist country. Yipppeeee!!!!! Let's dig our own grave people and re-elect a failure!!
  17. whtnationalist
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    whtnationalist - August 11, 2012 11:12 am
    I kind of hope he takes Hwy 14 from Marshalltown to Waterloo. Maybe he will give Iowa some money to fix that road! People are taking the county roads to avoid 14 as it is so bad. On the other hand I really hope he flies... imagine the mess it will make when the motorcade passes through all the towns on the way.
  18. whtnationalist
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    whtnationalist - August 11, 2012 11:05 am
    Does anyone know if he is going to fly from Marshalltown to Waterloo or take a motorcade? I live along the way and need to know if I should prepare to keep loony liberals off my property. The dogs will go wild if there is traffic and gawkers. I do have my "Don't Tread On Me" flag ready!
  19. GrammaOfSeven
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    GrammaOfSeven - August 11, 2012 12:31 am
    Well, that makes 2 people in attendance. :)
  20. homer5r20
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    homer5r20 - August 10, 2012 4:12 pm
    I bet he will...so will rejoe...
  21. dm1
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    dm1 - August 10, 2012 1:16 pm
    Wonder if Mayor Buck will get there early to get a front row seat ?
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