July 10th, 2014
01:34 PM ET
3 months ago

Hard core Obama fan waits all night to see president

Austin, Texas (CNN) – In a stark contrast to recent national poll numbers showing low approval ratings for President Obama, over a thousand people lined up outside the landmark Paramount Theater in Austin on Thursday to see the commander-in-chief speak.

One of them, Roni Kendall, arrived at 7:30 on Wednesday night to claim the first spot in line. Kendall spent the night outside the theater on the sidewalk.‎

"I'm here because I love this man, and I respect him greatly," she said. "Mainly, I want to support him." ‎

Kendall said the line grew exponentially after her arrival, and that roughly 30 people waited overnight.

"It has just built," she told CNN. "‎It is around the block and people are very excited."

As for the issues facing Texans, like the immigration problem with young children coming across the border from Latin America, she says, ‎"It is really tough. If he [Obama] were allowed to do some of the things he'd like to do, we'd be in better shape. But he just continues to be blocked, and that's a shame because a lot could get done that isn't getting done.‎"

And what was it like sleeping outside?

"Street cleaners woke us up in the morning, but it was fun," Kendall said. "We made our community right here. "

Kendall says she also volunteers as an usher at the ornately decorated theater, which is celebrating its one hundredth anniversary this year.


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Rosemary

    I agree totally with Kendall. President Obama would have been able to achieve so much more if the do nothing Congress would work with him. All these polls that rate him so low, I don't believe them, I've never been polled, nor anyone that I know. Keep up the good work President Obama!

    July 10, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Chris..E.al

    Definition of stupid . Knowing the truth seeing the truth . But still believing the lies .

    July 10, 2014 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    It's AUSTIN. Every dem in Texas lives in either Austin or Houston.

    July 10, 2014 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. Peace

    This article proves that we should always not believe in polls. A lot of people still love the President. Nothing has changed since he was known to people. Is there any other figure in the entire nation , people can spend their night out waiting to see him or her? NONE.

    July 10, 2014 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Does anyone remember during the 2012 campaign when Mitt was supposed to speak and they had to pay people to sit in the seats because he couldn't even partially fill the stadium. Yet President Obama always has standing room only. The cowardly dems in Congress may be so afraid of the Kock's so they avoid him but the people still adore him, no matter what the BS polls say.

    Be safe Mr. President and as always.... Watch your back.....😍😍😍😍

    July 10, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. Donna

    And what was it like sleeping outside?
    "Street cleaners woke us up in the morning, but it was fun," Kendall said. "We made our community right here. "
    --–

    Yes, thanks to Obama and the Democrats, millions of Americans have had to sleep outside and on the sidewalks. Record unemployment for record time will do that to you.

    Poor pathetic people that think Obama could have done more had he not been blocked. Fortunately, the American people saw the damage he and the Democrats had done to their healthcare system with Obamacare and took the keys to the House AWAY from Pelosi and the Democrats and have kept them away fro a reason. Obama, Reid and Pelosi would have totally wrecked this country by now had that not been done.

    July 10, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. Mike

    If they had jobs to go to, maybe they'd be more constructive with their time.

    July 10, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Rosemary

    I agree totally with Kendall. President Obama would have been able to achieve so much more if the do nothing Congress would work with him. All these polls that rate him so low, I don't believe them, I've never been polled, nor anyone that I know.
    ----------
    Hmmmmm... I've never been to the moon. No one I know has never been to the moon. DANG... there must not be a moon after all.

    July 10, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Silence DoGood

    @Donna
    And what was it like sleeping outside?
    "Street cleaners woke us up in the morning, but it was fun," Kendall said. "We made our community right here. "
    ––

    Yes, thanks to Obama and the Democrats, millions of Americans have had to sleep outside and on the sidewalks. Record unemployment for record time will do that to you.

    Poor pathetic people that think Obama could have done more had he not been blocked. Fortunately, the American people saw the damage he and the Democrats had done to their healthcare system with Obamacare and took the keys to the House AWAY from Pelosi and the Democrats and have kept them away fro a reason. Obama, Reid and Pelosi would have totally wrecked this country by now had that not been done.
    ------------–
    I love that it bugs conservatives no end to see happy liberals having fun. Don't worry Donna. If the Great Holy Theocracy continues to be established, they fix all that.

    July 10, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. kool aid man

    Why isn't your gop running on obamacare being sooo bad? Get a clue loser, November is coming, and your 3am phone call, care to answer? Didn't think so.

    July 10, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. Smitty

    Dumb and dumber come to mind. What a waste of time. Why would any one want to see the BIGGEST LIAR OF THE YEAR???

    July 10, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I love that it bugs conservatives no end to see happy liberals having fun."

    Happy liberals having fun? I like it, Silence! Yes, indeed.

    July 10, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    There were more than 30 people waiting on line overnight according to the article.
    The headline should've read:
    "Hard core Obama FANS wait all night to see President".
    It doesn't hurt to tell the truth CNN.
    You're just going to have to trust me on that.

    July 10, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    Foolish people, standing in line to listen to a wide assortment of lies and deception.

    July 10, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. yeahright

    Chris..E.al
    Definition of stupid . Knowing the truth seeing the truth . But still believing the lies .
    -–

    That would definitely apply to what is going on in Kansas right now.

    July 10, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Seen many of Donna's posts and just would love to know why she is such a miserable person – did President Obama do something directly to you that affects you in a negative way? No matter what the article is about, this Donna finds a way to scourge our President or his supporters every chance she gets. We had to live through 8 years of Bush-Cheney, so suck it up!

    July 10, 2014 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |