President Obama visits Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY - Madeline Frankle and Grace Walton arrived at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City at 4 a.m. Wednesday, getting in line to see President Obama speak.

The president is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. While details of the speech have not been released, he is expected to address economic issues. KOMU 8 News will live stream his remarks.

Dylan Crow said he hoped the president addresses the rising costs of higher education and tangible ways to decrease the subsequent student debt. He is a college student and is facing these problems first hand.

John Hutchinson said he hoped the president addressed tangible ways to help the "average joe." He said he's already thinking about a retirement plan and is open to new policies or taxes that will allow him to do that.

Hutchinson wore a seemingly well-loved Obama 2008 campaign t-shirt in line. He brought his 6-year-old daughter, Caitlyn, to the speech.

"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity," he said to his daughter.

The line was long, but coffee-sipping supporters didn't seem to mind. Visitors clumped together, claiming territory down closed Valentine Street.

Cynthia Ginn and Heather Sallee was among them. The spot-mates agreed they're more happy to just see Obama then hear about specific policies.

"I'm just excited to see him. It'll be interesting to see what he has to say," said Sallee, a third-grade teacher from Kansas City.

Anais Boulard likely traveled the farthest for Monday's speech. Boulard is visiting Kansas City from France, and she said the president has many fans in that country.

"I love the guy," she said. "I really couldn't miss this opportunity.

Boulard said many of her friends back in France view the president as progressive.

"In France, we are not ready to elect a black or a woman president. We are very impressed with America."

While spirits remained high throughout the morning, tension rose with a few line cutters.

"It's not fair," one woman said in line. "They belong in the back where they belong. Other than that, I'm having a fantastic time."