Thousands in line by 8 a.m. in January for tickets to see Obama in Ann Arbor

Barackstar Obama

It’s January in Michigan which means brrrrrr! That didn’t stop thousands of people from being in line by 8 a.m. this morning, hoping to score one of the 3,000 tickets that were being given out starting at 9 a.m. What rock concert was it? Not a rock concert but truly a rock star: tomorrow morning President Obama will speak at the University of Michigan.

You can see some photos of folks in line at AnnArbor.com.

My friend Bob M. emailed me a few times about it:

8:06 a.m. – Any chance you can influence the Obama folks to change the venue. There are probably 10k students freezing in line for the 3k available tickets that are going to be mighty mad if they don’t get to see him. Many spent all night in the cold and are 1st time voters.

8:13 a.m. – Line now wraps down Fletcher around Madison to State and past the Union.

10:04 a.m. – OK, just got a ticket that allows me to go inside to get a ticket for the event. See you there!

You need a ticket to get a ticket! Think the president isn’t still wildly popular? Think again.

My wife Anne C. Savage and I have media passes so we will be covering the event and will have a full report with photos tomorrow afternoon. If the bandwidth isn’t completely trashed like it was when he spoke at the University of Michigan commencement ceremony last year, I may try to do some liveblogging as well.

One of the things Anne will be doing is taking photos of people in the crowd for a second photomosaic of President Obama. (You can see the first one HERE.) So, if you are in the crowd, smile big because you might just become a freckle on the president’s face!

UPDATE: Not unsurprisingly, all 3,000 tickets are now gone.

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