Of those thousands of people who were able to attend
the event today, a few stood out in the crowd.
News 8's Brittany Schmidt joins us now with more...
For most people seeing one president is enough for
a lifetime, but for one 95-year-old La Crosse woman,
a half dozen seems just right.
Liz White has been a UW-L professor since 2009.
I teach english as a second language
After learning about President Barack Obama's visit
to La Crosse, White knew she had to tell a certain
somebody in her life about the opportunity first...her
For her to get a ticket, I had to go back home and
brign her and I knew I would have to wait in line
for three hours but it was well worth the wait.
But this wasn't the first time 95-year-old Fran Roberts
has had to wait in line to see a president in person.
FRAN -it just happens,
Roberts says she hasn't kept count...but she vividly
remembers each one...starting with Herbert Hoover.
FRAN -he came to jackson michigan where I used to
live and they had some sort of republican presentation
Roberts also saw Gerald Ford while living in Michigan.
FRAN -it was pouring down rain
Someone said ford was in town and pretty soon a car
drove up and his wife and daughter came out and ran
across the street
Then she happened to stumble upon Jimmy Carter...
FRAN -it wasn't even planned.
While on a trip to Florida, Roberts and her husband
stopped in Georgia for a bite to eat...
Carter just happened to be visiting his mother...three
doors down from the restaurant.
FRAN -she came out of the porch, his mother, and she
said what are these people doing in my yard but she
As Carter left his mother's place, Roberts got a good
glimpse of him in the car.
I just kind of waved at him and he waved back at me
Next up was Ronald Reagan.
We heard they were in fort myers and they were leaving
so we drove in and saw him at the airport.
Then Bill Clinton.
FRAN -I think clinton a couple of times.
And now...President Barack Obama
FRAN -I think he has really tried hard and I really
respect him and his wife.
That's a total of 6 presidents...but unlike Roberts.
many people are seeing a
President for the first time...like
the Schanhofer children of Tomah.
I was worried it was kind of one of those things I
was making them do but given the choice they all jumped
in the van.
All four of Kate's kids, Addison, Amelia, Ty and David
attended the event.
5 DAVID -Barack obama.
who is he.
the president of the United States.
I have never seen a president and this might be the
only time I get to see one.
I can't stop smiling.
I am missing a baseball game and some practices.
I think this will be set in his memory, that's my
And if you ask Roberts...that is exactly what happens...and
she is looking forward to the next president of the
United States in 2016.
Next time we are going to have a woman president.
Roberts says she has seen a lot in her lifetime from
the creation of a cell phone to the computer.
but she says she is most proud to see the first African
American become president of the United States.
If you weren't able to see the president in person
or even watch the event on TV.
we do have a lot more coverage on our website.