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Tickets go quickly to see President Obama


La Crosse, WI (WXOW) - The allotment of tickets for UW- La Crosse students and staff ran out in twenty minutes on Tuesday as close to a thousand people stood in line looking to see the president in person.

University organizers said the White House did not give specifics on the number of tickets that were being given out to both the general public or to the UWL community.

"This is crazy, I mean there's thousands of people here and I thought I was getting here early," Gregory Vallon, a student at UWL, said. "I found my way to the back of the line pretty quickly!"

Students and staff that did not receive tickets at Tuesday's 2 p.m. pass-out were given the opportunity to either return at 6 p.m. for the general public handout or stand and wait.

"I never thought the line would have been this long," Patrick Vallon said. "I knew there would be a lot of people here, but never imagined it looking like this."

Samantha Coffey and her sister Madeline were first in line for general public tickets. The two women said they brought out their lawn chairs around noon and began to wait.

"To see the president is a once in a lifetime opportunity," Coffey said. "I can't think of another time I get the chance to see him, so it's worth sitting here."

The president is expected to speak about the economy during Thursday's visit and in particular, discuss his administration's proposed overtime pay rule.

Many Republicans have said the new policy is an expensive proposition for many small businesses and will limit opportunities for workers at the bottom to advance.

Adam Hoffer, assistant professor of economics at UWL, said the new policy could have positive effect on the economy.

"The goal I think is to increase the pay to some workers, and if those workers earn more money, maybe they'll be better employees," he said. "Maybe they'll spend more money in the economy, so there are benefits that come from this as well.

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