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Posted on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 10:49 a.m.

Obama in Ann Arbor: The first person in line for tickets

By Angela Cesere


U-M A Alfred Taubman College of Architecture faculty member Teman Evans holds up his ticket to see President Barack Obama speak while people in line behind him cheer. Evans was the first person in line at 7:30 pm last night.

Angela J. Cesere

Teman Evans arrived arrived at the Michigan Union at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday - and ended up being the first person in line for tickets to see President Obama in Ann Arbor.

The payoff: The ticket, accompanied by a round of cheers from the crowd.


From right: Evans sits at the front of the line, followed by U-M students Rebecca Wyczalek, Caitlin Blanchard, and Nicole Sappingfield.

Angela J. Cesere

Evans is a faculty member at the University of Michigan A Alfred Taubman School of Architecture.

By the time he got his ticket, thousands of people were behind him in line, hoping to see Obama when he takes the stage Friday morning at the Al Glick Fieldhouse on South State Street.

Evans was among the hundreds who slept in line - and, as the Michigan Union Ticket Office window shutter opened, anticipation mounted as they all prepared to move forward.

After Evans stepped forward to receive his ticket, he turned around to face the line and held his ticket up in the air.

See reader-submitted photos from the line.



Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 7:08 p.m.

It must be nice to have nothing else to do except wait in line! I wonder if he works for the DNC?


Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 6:38 p.m.

Several Chinese scientists came to the University of Michigan in the 1990's to study with one of the world's experts on industrial dust explosions, like those at Apple's Chinese suppliers. This was part of the American effort to help China's economy which had been close to collapse in the 1980's. However, when those scientists went back to China they did not work on industrial safety but instead went to work for the Chinese military on making better bombs. These are the choices China's authoritarian regime has made but American universities still keep making deal after deal with them and sending our technology to China to help them modernize their military and compete with us for jobs. Obama says we are now serious about fair trade but he is coming to the University of Michigan tommorow and I wish he would speak to President Mary Sue Coleman and tell her the the UM is an American university and should be doing everything it can to help us compete with China. Read more at <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>

Ron Granger

Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 9:23 p.m.

The same anti-Chinese spam you always post.


Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 5:13 p.m.

can't wait for OUR PRESIDENT to come to Ann Arbor!!!


Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 5:11 p.m.

Usual Suspect that would be the substance of his visit. Nothing more.

Usual Suspect

Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 5:02 p.m.

FOUR stories just about waiting in line for Obama tickets? Really?