Posted on July 17, 2012 at 8:04 PM
Tuesday, Jul 17 at 8:21 PM
SAN ANTONIO -- It's not every day San Antonio is visited by a sitting president.
So when number 44 visited The Alamo City, he was sure to draw a crowd - and he did.
The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in Downtown San Antonio was where President Barack Obama held a fundraiser for this bid to keep his spot in the White House.
Some paid thousands of dollars for a chance to hear Mr. Obama say a few words on what he wants to do if he is elected for another four years.
But, as is with any high-profile elected official, there were those who were not happy to see the president in San Antonio.
"We do not want to loose one single warrior simply because President Obama did not keep his word to build a hospital and to provide jobs for our veterans in the Rio Grande Valley," said Placido Salazar.
Salazar is from the Rio Grande Valley area and he simply asks where is the VA hospital he says Mr. Obama promised to build once he took office.
Others, equipped with a megaphone, preached with a more condescending tone.
"Guantanamo is still open...The drones at the borders has gone exponential. San Antonians, thank you for welcoming Emperor Obama," quipped one protester.
In all, roughly a dozen protesters showed up for the president's visit to San Antonio.
While most who weren't able to get in the Henry B. were positive, Lori Maldonado disagreed with the protesters, but respected them.
"They have a right to protest what they want to protest. They have a right to believe what they want to believe," she said. "We are nobody to say that they can't. It's free speech."
As big as the event was, protesters didn't cause trouble. There were no arrests.