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Lawrence High graduate meets Obama at Ohio campaign stop

October 9, 2012

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Lawrence High graduate Noel Fisher was one of a number of Ohio State University students to greet President Obama when he arrived in Columbus, Ohio, today. Fisher is wearing a red shirt and a sweater vest. OSU freshman Jordan Isern is standing next to Obama.

Lawrence High graduate Noel Fisher was one of a number of Ohio State University students to greet President Obama when he arrived in Columbus, Ohio, today. Fisher is wearing a red shirt and a sweater vest. OSU freshman Jordan Isern is standing next to Obama.

Noel Fisher probably never imagined that getting involved as a student volunteer on President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign would lead to a personal meet-and-greet with the president himself.

But that’s what happened Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio, where Fisher, a 2012 graduate of Lawrence High School, was among a handful of students who greeted the president as he stepped off Air Force One.

“It was really cool,” Fisher said. “I’ve never been around any presidential figure, ever, and seeing Barack Obama was really cool.

“He knew my name and said, ‘It’s good to meet you.’ That alone was memorable.”

Fisher, now a freshman at the Ohio State University, is among a group of student volunteers for the Obama campaign who have been working this fall getting students registered to vote. Tuesday was the last day for voters to register in Ohio, which is expected to be a pivotal state in the Nov. 6 election.

The president’s visit, Fisher said, highlighted a campus rally that was aimed at gathering up last-minute registrations. Fisher said about 15,000 people attended the event, which also featured an appearance from hip-hop artist will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas.

Fisher, who is now majoring in political science and economics, said he got involved in the campaign at the urging of his roommates.

“I’m pretty interested in politics in general, and coming to Columbus, Ohio, which is the capital city of the state, and one of the largest universities in the country — it is just ground zero in this presidential election,” Fisher said. “It is definitely something I was interested in doing, and it’s opened a lot of doors for me, just being involved in the election.”

Several analysts have said Ohio, with its 18 electoral votes, could decide the presidential election. Fisher said he has already cast his ballot and is confident Obama will end up carrying the Buckeye State. But the latest polls indicate that is far from decided.

Although state polls in September showed the president with a slight lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, those polls have tightened since last week’s presidential debate. The latest polls show the two candidates virtually tied.

Comments

kernal 2 years, 2 months ago

Apparently, the old fart brigade was up past its bedtime last night. Snort!

Kawatchi 2 years, 2 months ago

Is this the first time anyone from Lawrence has met the President? Gee willikers! This is right up there with that time Roscoe Longbottom went to the World's Fair and brought back a postcard for the town!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 2 months ago

Kinda funny how many comments there are declaring a non-story to be a non-story.

classclown 2 years, 2 months ago

Looking at the picture he looks like That Guy. You know that obnoxious guy that always positions himself to be in every picture as if they are all about him.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 2 months ago

When you're president, pretty much every camera that's pointed your way really is taking a picture about you.

classclown 2 years, 2 months ago

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus

When you're president, pretty much every camera that's pointed your way really is taking a picture about you.

October 10, 2012 at 10:22 a.m.

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I wasn't talking about Obama. I was talking about Noel.

Gotalife 2 years, 2 months ago

Sounds like a whole heck of a lot of jealousy to me. I am betting every single one of you haters would be star struck.

Soapbox 2 years, 2 months ago

Yes, your right we are all deaf, dumb and blind............NOT!!

motomom 2 years, 2 months ago

YAY! NOEL! that is exciting. thanks for gettin out there and campaignin'.

ssteve1 2 years, 2 months ago

“It was really cool,” Fisher said. ...and seeing Barack Obama was really cool." Fisher, who is not majoring in English, put on a jacket. When asked why, Fisher said, "It's really cool."

rtwngr 2 years, 2 months ago

Who's that guy standing next to Noel Fisher?

Soapbox 2 years, 2 months ago

Ooooooooooooo! A Lawrence resident has seen the lamb of God!! I hope someday you all wake up and that your hangover and your children's future is not too BAD...............

jessie 2 years, 2 months ago

Congrats Noel ! Way to get involved and make a difference!

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