ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WIVB) - After a quick two hours in Western New York, President Obama boarded Ground Force One and headed for Syracuse.
On his way through Rochester, the Commander-in-Chief stopped for a bite to eat at Magnolia's Deli and Cafe. News 4 had a crew stationed at the Pembroke rest stop along the Thruway, and by the time we got to Rochester, police had already blocked off streets leading to the restaurant.
A large crowd formed behind police tape trying to catch a glimpse of the president. Brian Nielsen was one of the lucky few who got to meet Obama as he made this surprise stop.
Nielsen heard the president was in town and drove as close to Magnolia's as he could before parking and walking in on foot. As he got close, a Secret Service agent asked Nielsen if he'd like to meet the president. After saying yes, Nielsen got to meet President Obama face-to-face.
"The timing was just perfect. My little 5-year-old got to meet President Obama. Myself, I got to shake his hand. It was great," he said.
Susan Palermo, owner of Magnolia's, says it was a complete surprise to have the president stop by.
"This was by far the biggest thrill of my life. And my staff's," she said. "He was wonderful."
After his stop in Rochester, the presidential motorcade traveled to Seneca Falls to visit the birthplace of the women's rights movement. President Obama said he was very proud to visit the Women's Rights National Park.
He then traveled onward to Syracuse.
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