MINNEAPOLIS - Gusting winds pushed back the arrival of Air Force One, but the big 747 finally touched down in the Twin Cities around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, bringing the President and his push for transportation funding to Minnesota.
Mr. Obama left the nation's capitol wearing just a suit jacket, but when he deplaned with Minnesota Representatives Betty McCollum and Keith Ellison in tow, the president was wearing a wool overcoat as whipping winds cooled the group with a -3 degree windchill.
The presidential motorcade left just minutes later, without the traditional tarmac meet-and-greets. Mr. Obama's first scheduled stop is St. Paul's Metro Transit hub, where the president will tour the facility and hear about the upcoming opening of the light rail green line. He will then proceed to St. Paul's Union Depot to talk about his plan to distribute $600M in what the administration calls "competitive transportation funding."