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Capital Region International Airport Welcomes Obama


EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Air Force One arrived in mid-Michigan at 12:21p.m., carrying President Barack Obama.

Traffic temporarily shut down on major mid-Michigan highways as the president traveled through mid-Michigan. Some flights were also delayed due to the president's arrival.

However, organizing such an event isn't an easy undertaking, but officials say it helped get the Capital Region International Airport on the map. The last president to land there was Bill Clinton.

"It started about Monday with first readings. The advanced team has quite the checklist, but they've done this before," said Executive Director Robert Selig. "You know, it gives us good exposure and lets everyone know that we can land a 747."

"You know, a lot of planning and everyone coming together. All the airport employees, police and fire that stepped up to do what they needed to do," said Nicole Noll-Williams, with the Capital Region airport. "There's a cost to it all, but it's worth it."

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero was the lone airport greeter for the president, Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senator Carl Levin off the plane.

Obama spoke at the Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center on Michigan State's campus and signed the newly adopted farm bill.

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