100-year-old woman waits hours for ticket to see Obama

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Lawrence, KS (KCTV) -- Fern Coffin is very partial to former President Woodrow Wilson. After all, that was the year she was born.

And after all these years and 17 different presidents in her lifetime, the 100-year-old Olathe resident says she has never met a single one of them.

However, that will not be the case after Thursday.

Coffin waited in line for hours with her daughter and granddaughter on Tuesday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds for tickets to see another president she feels passionate about - President Barack Obama.

The President is scheduled to deliver his speech about 11 a.m. at the Anchutz Sports Pavilion, 1575 Irving Hill Rd., at the University of Kansas.

The university says the last visit by a sitting president was William Howard Taft in 1911, but Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton visited after leaving office.

"This is an opportunity, and I'm looking forward to it," said Coffin who has been a registered Republican all her life.

The White House says Obama plans to talk about some of the policies and goals he will out line Tuesday night in the State of the Union.

And for the first time in his presidency, he'll be addressing a Republican-controlled Congress.

Obama is expected to talk about finding ways to help the middle class by putting tax increases on the wealthy, along with his proposal to give deserving students two years of free community college.

"He is my kind of president," Coffin said. "It will be so exciting. I don't know if I can contain myself."

By Chris Oberholtz

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