Preston Hollow was abuzz with excitement yesterday as President Obama arrived in Dallas and attended a private fundraiser at the home of prominent attorney Marc Stanley. After landing at Love Field Airport and meeting with politicians including Governor Rick Perry and Mayor Mike Rawlings, the President gave remarks about the current immigration and border situation before making his way to the fundraising dinner on Midbury Drive.
Around 50 donors were in attendance at the event, which benefited House Democrats. The menu featured classic Texas barbecue by Austin’s John Mueller, who told Texas Monthly that the POTUS “ate two plates of barbecue and took a brisket for the plane.”
The price tag to attend the fundraiser ranged from $10,000 a plate to $32,000 per couple, but that didn’t stop neighbors from checking out the action. Residents of Midbury Drive, near Arthur Kramer Elementary School, were notified of plans to secure the area by police and secret service prior to the event, and others came to the neighborhood to wait for the motorcade’s arrival.
“Being 10 feet away from the President and seeing him ride by [in the motorcade] was definitely one of the most exciting things I’ve ever experienced,”says neighborhood resident Sarah Loman.
She and her family brought a sign showing their support for President Obama, countering the protestors camped out across the street from them. Several groups of protestors sought to send their respective messages to the President through signs, shouts and chants.
Roads around the perimeter of the Stanley home were blocked off by Dallas police and members of the Secret Service, and patrol cars lined every street along Hillcrest between Walnut Hill and Northaven. Helicopters patrolled the area from above.
President Obama’s time at the dinner was brief. He stayed for about an hour before the motorcade took him back to Love Field, where he rode the Marine One helicopter to DFW Airport and departed for Austin on Air Force One.
Take a look at some more pictures from the President’s arrival in Preston Hollow.
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