Tickets to see President Obama speak in La Crosse
this week are gone.
They were available today.
first to staff and students at U-W-L where he will
and then to the public.
News 8's Kyle Dimke was in line chatting with folks
as they waited.
he joins us now live in the newsroom with more.
Mike and Martha.
those U-W-L staff and student tickets were gone in
about a half an hour.
Tickets for the public lasted longer.
but for most of the people we talked to.
you needed to stand in line for a long time if you
wanted to get a ticket.
Tickets to see President Obama weren't available until
but that didn't stop Kathy Coffey of Tomah from jumping
in line at Noon...
Kathy: 4- I figured I might as well start the public
line and within minutes I was joined by a dozen or
more people so we've been hanging out and having a
Kathy is the first person in line.
her daughters are U-W-L students and got their tickets
now they wait with her.
Madeline: 2- I've been here for a while
At the opposite end of the line is David Miller.
he brought his three boys with him in hopes of all
of them seeing the president speak.
David: 8- this is a very momentous time in the history
of the United States for different reasons, very momentous,
I don't know that I've seen anything quite like this
Andrew Wegner hopped in line at about with his family.
now he's taking a break to do a count to see just
how long the line is.
Andrew: 14- About 900.
Dimke:15- Does that surprise you at all with tickets
going on sale in about 45 minutes from now?
Andrew: Oh no, it's going to get a lot higher
Some of the people in this long line are hoping to
see a U-S president for the very first time.
some have seen 5 already.
Fran: 19- The first one I saw was Jimmy Carter
Once tickets became available.
about 20 people at a time were escorted into U-W-L's
and then came out on the other side with some big
smiles on their face.
Keisa: 34- I just want to see him, I want to see him
and be inspried
Darin: 23- It feel awesome, it's neat to be part of
this, the crowds were wonderful, we were standing
in line for a few hours waiting and to be able to
see such a transformative person is awesome
We talked to a few people who said right around 6
o'clock they did a count of how many people were in
line and two people say the thought the line was 7
Because of the long line.
not everyone received a ticket.
The tickets for the public ran out at about .
and Mike and Martha I would say there were roughly
300 people still in line who were hoping for a ticket.
White House officials won't release how many tickets
were handed out because of security reasons..
And if you weren't able to get one.
unfortunately, we're told there will be no more tickets