KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - President Barack Obama attended a donor reception at theKalamazoo Radisson hotel before serving as the keynote speaker atKalamazoo Central High School's graduation ceremony Mondayevening.
He is rumored to have left the event around 5:30 p.m.,spectators told 24 Hour News 8. Obama had a quick procession in andout.
Some people waited outside the hotel for about two to threehours in hopes of catching a glimpse of Obama. However, he didn'tcome through the front entrance and instead, used a speciallocation to enter the Radisson -- owned by Greenleaf Realty and theStryker family, which is rumored to be behind the
Obama met with about 40 people in two rooms, according to someof the event's attendees. A Detroit-area attorney who oncerepresented Jack Kevorkian said it was a "thrill" to meet thepresident.
"The President, as always, is very impressive," said ChuckNewman, who was inside the meeting. "He was very committed toeducation -- that was very much clear -- and appreciative of what'sbeen going on in Kalamazoo, and thinks it's a role model for therest of the country. He was very comfortable and generally, verypleased."
Obama arrived and departed in a long motorcade with about 20vehicles. His commencement address is scheduled for 7 p.m. atKalamazoo Central High School.
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