Ballantyne residents eager to see new 'neighbors,' the Obamas

Ballantyne residents eager to see new 'neighbors,' the Obamas

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by Tony Burbeck / NewsChannel 36

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Posted on September 6, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 6 at 5:49 AM

Folks in Ballantyne are buzzing about the president and first lady staying there during the Democratic National Convention.

Dozens saw the president arrive Wednesday afternoon, while more hoped to catch his motorcade leaving tonight.

We came across Courtney Abdin taking pictures of the Ballantye Hotel and Lodge on Wednesday night.

Abdin just missed the President arriving Wednesday afternoon. 

"The next best thing was to get a picture of the hotel where he's staying at," she said. "I think that's historic that he's staying in my neighborhood."

Abdin grew up in Washington, D.C., where presidential motorcades are a way of life.

But it's been more than 40 years since she's seen a president, and she hoped this would be the night that streak ended.

"I thought maybe his motorcade might be leaving and sneak out the back door," she said.

We thought so, too - and saw a motorcade leave around 9 p.m.

Authorities said it was Michelle Obama heading to Time Warner Cable Arena.

An hour later, we saw the presidential limos heading uptown.

Dr. Kashyap Patel and his wife sat at the intersection of Ballantyne Commons Parkway and Johnston Road hoping to catch a glimpse and take in the excitement.

Both Abdin and the Patels missed the President and First Lady a second time.

But they say it's just a good feeling to know they are neighbors, if only for a few days.

"We can say that, you know, the President was right across from where we live, so it's something we could be proud of," Abdin said. "I have bragging rights, ha ha."

 

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