Austin neighborhood prepares for presidential visit

AUSTIN (KXAN) — President Barack Obama is coming back to Austin this week, and he will discuss the economy at an event Thursday morning.

Obama’s remarks will speak at The Paramount Theatre in Downtown Austin, an event that is free and open to the public. However, the White House says space is limited.

The president will also attend a pair of Democratic National Committee fundraisers while in town.

Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez will host the president at his Austin home on Wednesday. Tickets for the event range from $5,000 to $32,400. The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

Jane Hayman has a view few have.

She recently found out the president is coming to her block. The castle across the street from Hayman’s home is director Robert Rodriguez’s home.

“They’re practically manicuring the front lawn and the ivy on the front of the castle with scissors,” said Hayman.

The makeovers don’t end at the destination. Some neighbors are leaving their flags from the fourth or putting out fresh flags before the commander and chief drops in.

“Some of us have made an effort to mow the lawns and to create a good first impression,” said Hayman. “Up and down our street here you have people who have differing political views.”

Notes were also left on cars to notify them to clear the street. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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