DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — President Barack Obama high-fived a young boy sitting on a man’s shoulders and greeted about 50 other well-wishers when he arrived Wednesday at Detroit Metropolitan Airport to start a two-stop fundraising trip in Michigan.
“Hi, everybody. How you doing?”
Obama said as he emerged from Air Force One shortly after it touched down around 4:20 p.m. at the airport in Romulus.
Obama walked along a rope line, shaking hands, signing autographs and high-fiving the boy, who was waving an American flag. The president also gave Liz Hall, 54, of Ann Arbor, a kiss on the cheek.
“I’m never going to wash it,” she said. “I’m so excited.”
Obama’s motorcade left about 10 minutes later for Dearborn, where Obama attended an evening event at the Henry Ford museum. About 600 people were expected at the Dearborn event. Tickets started at $250 per person.
Obama’s reception was warm inside the museum, which pays homage to the area’s storied automotive heritage.
Obama’s second scheduled appearance Wednesday was at the Bingham Farms home of Denise Ilitch, the daughter of Mike and Marian Ilitch, who own Little Caesar’s Pizza, the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers. Denise Ilitch hosted the event as a private citizen, and the fundraiser was not tied to the family’s companies or sports teams.
According to the Obama campaign, about 47 people were expected for the Bingham Farms event. Tickets started at $10,000.
Obama last visited Michigan on Jan. 27 when he spoke about higher education funding at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.