Hundreds camp out to score free tickets to see President

Sign marking the line for tickets to see President Obama speak Thursday (Daniel Guerrero/KXAN)
Sign marking the line for tickets to see President Obama speak Thursday (Daniel Guerrero/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Hundreds of people waited in line Tuesday morning to score free tickets to see President Obama speak at the Paramount Theatre in Downtown Austin.

The White House said tickets will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8:30 a.m.

Each person can only get one ticket, and officials said there’s a limited number of tickets to hear the president speak about the economy at 12:05 p.m. Thursday.

Obama arrives in Austin on Wednesday for two Democratic National Committee Fundraisers.

Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez will host the president at his Austin home on Wednesday night. People can get tickets to that event for about $5,000 to $32,400.

On Thursday, Obama will take part in a roundtable discussion hosted by Aimee Boone Cunningham. Tickets to that event cost $32,400, the maximum individual contribution to a national political party.

The president last visited Austin on April 10 when he spoke at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library during a multiday Civil Rights Summit.

Gov. Rick Perry said he’s declined an offer to greet Obama when he arrives at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Wednesday. He did offer, however, to rearrange his schedule to meet the president for a discussion on “the humanitarian and security crises” on the Texas-Mexico border.

Still, the president has no plans to visit the border during his time in Texas. 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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