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Biden’s Hometown Loses the Love for His Boss

Scranton just not pulling the love for the Obama-Biden ticket it once did I guess.

When Hillary Clinton was on the campaign trail in 2008 and spoke at Scranton High School, the line to get tickets a few days before her appearance stretched about 1,000 people long.

Monday’s line to grab the available free tickets to President Barack Obama’s speech Wednesday was noticeably shorter — about 225 people were waiting when the doors opened for the distribution.

“It’s a little disappointing to see that,” said Cathy Kneeland, 64, of Scranton, who showed up more than three hours early to stand in line and found herself second. “You would think more people would want to see the president speak.”

Wednesday’s scheduled speech will be Obama’s first stop in northeastern Pennsylvania since he campaigned for president in 2008.

Obama supporters, however, don’t seem to be wavering. George Childs, 61, of Scranton, is on the front lines of the jobs debate, having been unemployed since January when he lost his six-year job as a stockroom employee. Before that, he worked at a slaughterhouse for 10 years before it closed.

“I would like to see what he has to say about jobs,” Childs said from his spot first in line. “I want to see what he has to offer someone like me.”

225?  That’s it?

Come on, there’s got to be some young folks not in their 60s they could have interviewed to remind the world Obama appeals to the youth of America, right?  A kid at a local community college needing credit for a class or to write a term paper?

Alright, there is!

Friends Jess Guzzi, 19, of Mayfield, and Courtney Buchman, 20, of Hazleton, had a choice. The two Lackawanna College students could either get to the speech Wednesday, or they could watch it online when it becomes available Thursday.

Either way, both sophomores had to write a three-page paper on the event for their Effective Speaking class — due Friday.

“So we’re here now so we can see it Wednesday,” Guzzi said.

Curse you streaming video!

In the kids defense, they tell the reporter they probably would have been in line anyway, paper to write or not.

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