President Obama visits Southland - speaking
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President Obama visits Southland

President Obama visits Southland - speaking
President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall event at the Orange County Fairgrounds. (Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times)
President Obama visits Southland - crowd
President Barack Obama arrivest at the Orange County Fairgrounds for his town hall event. (Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times)
President Obama visits Southland - fans
Attendees cheer the arrival of President Barack Obama to the Orange County Fairgrounds. (Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times)
President Obama visits Southland
Guests take snapshots prior to the arrival of President Barack Obama to a town hall event at the Orange County Fairgrounds. (Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times)
President Obama visits Southland - waiting
While waiting to get good seats at an Orange County town hall meeting with the president, a game of cards helps pass the time for, from left, Sara Carrion of Whittier, Monica Salas of Norwalk, Alva Garcia of Whittier, Andrea Morales of San Pedro and Carrie Biely of Long Beach. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
President Obama visits Southland - banner
Costa Mesa High School students welcome President Obama with a sign at their school, across the street from he will be speaking today. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
President Obama visits Southland - Uncle and niece
Calista Gober, 4, of Anaheim Hills, and her uncle, Joseph Perry, while away the hours. They were among those waiting in long, overnight lines to get a ticket and then a good seat at the Orange County Fairgrounds. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
President Obama visits Southland - line
Patricia D’souza, of Anaheim Hills, brought a book along to help pass the time in line. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
President Obama visits Southland - photographer
Carlos Acazar, of Costa Mesa, photographs the patriotic scene. Acazar was among those waiting for the town hall meeting, set for 4 p.m. today. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
President Obama visits Southland - gifts
Diana Lindsey and Willie Gamble of Los Angeles sell Barack Obama photos and gifts, including a figure that plays a recording of the president’s inauguration speech, across the street from the Orange County Fairgrounds where Obama was to hold a town hall meeting. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Ben Davis, Ron Stonecipher
Ben Davis, left, of Costa Mesa, and Rob Stonecipher, of L.A., share their excitement over getting tickets to see President Obama at the Orange County Fairgrounds. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Adam Ripps, Ralph Hardy
Adam Ripps, left, consoles Ralph Hardy, who became tearful when he got his ticket. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Hoping for a ticket to see the president
Patriotism, the economy and a sense of humor marked the mood as hundreds of people camped out in Orange County overnight to get tickets to see President Obama. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Linda Williams-Taylor
Linda Williams-Taylor of Chino wears an image of President Obama on her sweatshirt. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
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