As the president of the United States flew overhead in a helicopter, the kids at Peter Green Park were oblivious to this event, opting for a ride down the cool slide.
While there’s no actual proof that President Barack Obama actually visited Huntington Beach today, we did see five helicopters fly by from Long Beach Airport to Costa Mesa where he spoke at a Town Hall meeting at the OC Fairgrounds. Twice I took photos as the helicopters came and as they left for the airport. And I took my images smack dab in Huntington Beach. Can you imagine the mess it must have been at Long Beach Airport? I just flew in there a few days ago and am glad I planned it right. But wait a minute. According to eyewitnesses at Long Beach Airport, there wasn’t much to see.
Those who thought they would see the his new Air Force One land at Long Beach Wednesday afternoon were very disappointed. Disgruntled travelers whose flight departures had been delayed because of Air Force One’s arrival handled the delays quite well, and Gwen Dailey, of Huntington Beach, took her grandson Garrett Dailey, 5, out of kindergarten at Golden View Elementary School to watch Obama’s arrival. The kids were studying presidents in his class and the grandmother wanted Garrett to see an historic moment, she said. When Air Force One landed, the crowd caught glimpses of the 747 between palm trees, the Gulfstream plant next door and various other obstacles. Described as a non-event, some left hoping to have seen more.
I was busy playing tennis at Peter Green Park (thanks for the nice tennis court, Peter!) when the helicopter flew by and when I got home the evening news broadcasts had moved onto Natasha Richardson’s death and Octomom’s trip to the hospital to bring two babies home. My son is a huge fan of Pete Weisner, a local reporter and professor at Chapman University, so he turned on some local PBS channel to watch him on the news (Peter wasn’t there). The commentator had somebody talking about Obama’s visit to OC, but the show had been pre-taped and there was no evidence that either individual had attended the actual Town Hall meeting. So life rolls on. And this weekend we’ll see the Beachcruisers Meet at Huntington Beach.